An Operating Room Block Allocation Model to Improve Hospital Patient Flow

Rohleder, Thomas R.; Sabapathy, David; Schorn, Richard
December 2005
Clinical & Investigative Medicine;Dec2005, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p353
Academic Journal
This article discusses the role of mathematical optimization approach of goal programming in improving patient flow by improved surgical service block scheduling. Surgical operating theatres play an important role in improving patient flow. Variations in flow can affect the degree of effort put forward by health providers to provide high-quality medical care. A positive result of this goal programming model was that it could reduce the variability of surgical patients and still meet the desired target hours of all surgical services.


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