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Embedding OR modelling as decision support in health capacity planning: insights from an evaluation

Embedding OR modelling as decision support in health capacity planning: insights from an evaluation
Embedding OR modelling as decision support in health capacity planning: insights from an evaluation
Literature reviews over five decades have reported the paucity of examples of OR methods being routinely used to support decision-making in health and social care. This paper presents insights from an independent evaluation of a project intended to overcome some of the barriers to implementation by establishing a “community of practice” in Kent (England). The project itself was undertaken by practitioners, and had two main aims: providing training in system dynamics modelling to analysts, and making senior managers aware of the benefits of modelling. The findings largely confirmed previous studies, but also raised issues about style of training delivery and selection of problems to be modelled. Project leaders fully understood the barriers to embedding OR modelling skills, and made considerable efforts to avoid them, but nevertheless the main barrier, pressures on people’s time, remained an obstacle. The paper concludes with general reflections and advice.
System dynamics; communities of practice; capacity building
2047-6965
Brailsford, Sally
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Bayer, Steffen
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Connell, Con
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George, Abraham
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Klein, Jonathan
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Lacey, Peter
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Brailsford, Sally
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George, Abraham
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Klein, Jonathan
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Brailsford, Sally, Bayer, Steffen, Connell, Con, George, Abraham, Klein, Jonathan and Lacey, Peter (2021) Embedding OR modelling as decision support in health capacity planning: insights from an evaluation. Health Systems. (doi:10.1080/20476965.2021.1983476).

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Literature reviews over five decades have reported the paucity of examples of OR methods being routinely used to support decision-making in health and social care. This paper presents insights from an independent evaluation of a project intended to overcome some of the barriers to implementation by establishing a “community of practice” in Kent (England). The project itself was undertaken by practitioners, and had two main aims: providing training in system dynamics modelling to analysts, and making senior managers aware of the benefits of modelling. The findings largely confirmed previous studies, but also raised issues about style of training delivery and selection of problems to be modelled. Project leaders fully understood the barriers to embedding OR modelling skills, and made considerable efforts to avoid them, but nevertheless the main barrier, pressures on people’s time, remained an obstacle. The paper concludes with general reflections and advice.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 September 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 29 September 2021
Keywords: System dynamics; communities of practice; capacity building

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Local EPrints ID: 451596
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/451596
ISSN: 2047-6965
PURE UUID: 48540bd0-1a1a-4f55-9e34-07052cf76f5a
ORCID for Sally Brailsford: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6665-8230
ORCID for Steffen Bayer: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7872-467X
ORCID for Jonathan Klein: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5495-8738

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Date deposited: 13 Oct 2021 16:30
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 01:35

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Author: Steffen Bayer ORCID iD
Author: Con Connell
Author: Abraham George
Author: Jonathan Klein ORCID iD
Author: Peter Lacey

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