TITLE

Comparing Two Methods of Scheduling Outpatient Clinic Appointments Using Simulation Experiments

AUTHOR(S)
Vasilakis, Christos; Kuramoto, Lisa
PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
Clinical & Investigative Medicine;Dec2005, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p368
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article compares two methods of scheduling outpatient clinic appointments using simulation experiments. The total length of time that patients have to wait for surgery after being referred by their primary care physician consists of the time from referral to appointment with surgeon and the time from appointment to surgery. The methods that were compared includes, individual-surgeon appointment lists and scheduling appointments with referral surgeon, and pooled appointment lists and scheduling appointments with the first available, not referral, surgeon. The model was based on the description of cardiac surgery service at a tertiary hospital in British Columbia, one of the four hospitals delivering all adult open-heart surgeries to four million residents of British Columbia.
ACCESSION #
19204600

 

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