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An analysis of the academic literature on simulation and modelling in healthcare

An analysis of the academic literature on simulation and modelling in healthcare
An analysis of the academic literature on simulation and modelling in healthcare
This article describes a multi-dimensional approach to the classification of the research literature on simulation and modelling in health care. The aim of the study was to analyse the relative frequency of use of a range of operational research modelling approaches in health care, along with the specific domains of application and the level of implementation. Given the vast scale of the health care modelling literature, a novel review methodology was adopted, similar in concept to the approach of stratified sampling. The results provide new insights into the level of activity across many areas of application, highlighting important relationships and pointing to key areas of omission and neglect in the literature. In addition, the approach presented in this article provides a systematic and generic methodology that can be extended to other application domains as well as other types of information source in health-care modelling.

health care modelling, literature review, methodology
1747-7778
130-140
Brailsford, S.C.
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Harper, P.R.
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Patel, B.
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Pitt, M.
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Patel, B.
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Brailsford, S.C., Harper, P.R., Patel, B. and Pitt, M. (2009) An analysis of the academic literature on simulation and modelling in healthcare. [in special issue: Simulation in Healthcare] Journal of Simulation, 3 (3), part 1, 130-140. (doi:10.1057/jos.2009.10).

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Abstract

This article describes a multi-dimensional approach to the classification of the research literature on simulation and modelling in health care. The aim of the study was to analyse the relative frequency of use of a range of operational research modelling approaches in health care, along with the specific domains of application and the level of implementation. Given the vast scale of the health care modelling literature, a novel review methodology was adopted, similar in concept to the approach of stratified sampling. The results provide new insights into the level of activity across many areas of application, highlighting important relationships and pointing to key areas of omission and neglect in the literature. In addition, the approach presented in this article provides a systematic and generic methodology that can be extended to other application domains as well as other types of information source in health-care modelling.

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Published date: September 2009
Keywords: health care modelling, literature review, methodology

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Local EPrints ID: 80448
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/80448
ISSN: 1747-7778
PURE UUID: 502c4efa-c823-467f-b5ff-7e599f86d7cd
ORCID for S.C. Brailsford: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6665-8230

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Date deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last modified: 12 Nov 2019 02:03

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