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Are nurses wasting their time on the road?

Are nurses wasting their time on the road?
Are nurses wasting their time on the road?
A number of health and social care services in the UK provide care to patients at home. Typically, this involves a team of staff, e.g. nurses or care workers, sharing the patients in a geographical region among themselves. However, dividing the workload in an efficient manner is a challenging task. Too much time spent travelling between patients diminishes the time available to care for them.

Automated planning using Operational Research methods can save both planning and travelling time. Researchers at the Universities of Southampton and Exeter are working to close the gap between these methods and the practicalities of home care planning. This Evidence Brief draws attention to the difficulty of finding the best route and schedule.
Nursing, Home Care Services, operational research, optimisation, traveling salesman problem, vehicle routing and scheduling
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Lamas Fernandez, Carlos
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Monks, Thomas
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Lamas Fernandez, Carlos
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Monks, Thomas
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Lamas Fernandez, Carlos and Monks, Thomas , Saville, Christina (ed.) (2021) Are nurses wasting their time on the road? Evidence Brief, (17), 1-2, [17].

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A number of health and social care services in the UK provide care to patients at home. Typically, this involves a team of staff, e.g. nurses or care workers, sharing the patients in a geographical region among themselves. However, dividing the workload in an efficient manner is a challenging task. Too much time spent travelling between patients diminishes the time available to care for them.

Automated planning using Operational Research methods can save both planning and travelling time. Researchers at the Universities of Southampton and Exeter are working to close the gap between these methods and the practicalities of home care planning. This Evidence Brief draws attention to the difficulty of finding the best route and schedule.

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Published date: February 2021
Keywords: Nursing, Home Care Services, operational research, optimisation, traveling salesman problem, vehicle routing and scheduling

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Local EPrints ID: 447454
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/447454
PURE UUID: 5dbb0560-d0d1-462d-82bc-23d2349281c6
ORCID for Carlos Lamas Fernandez: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5329-7619
ORCID for Thomas Monks: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2631-4481
ORCID for Christina Saville: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7718-5689

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2021 17:37
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 03:29

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Author: Thomas Monks ORCID iD

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