Lessons from mixing OR methods in practice: using DES and SD to explore a radiotherapy treatment planning process

Jennifer Sian Morgan, Val Belton, Susan Howick

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Mixing Operational Research (OR) methods is becoming more commonplace. Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) and System Dynamics (SD) are popular modelling methods previously applied to a range of situations for various purposes, which are starting to be mixed in healthcare. However, the practicalities of mixing DES and SD in practice remain unclear. Radiotherapy treatment is a complex multi-stage process where technology and best practice continue to evolve. This paper describes a project undertaken to explore the treatment planning process using mixed OR methods. It presents insights obtained through mixing OR methods within a real world project. The model development process, the role of each modelling method, and the benefits of undertaking a mixed OR methods project design are described. Lessons for mixing DES and SD, and more generally mixing OR methods, are discussed.
LanguageEnglish
Pages166-177
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Systems
Volume5
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016

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Keywords

  • mixing operational research methods
  • OR
  • discrete event simulation
  • DES
  • system dynamics
  • SD
  • radiotherapy treatment planning modelling

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