The case for combining : developing designs for integrating system dynamics (SD) and discrete event simulation (DES) in healthcare

Morgan, Jennifer and Howick, Susan and Belton, Valerie (2011) The case for combining : developing designs for integrating system dynamics (SD) and discrete event simulation (DES) in healthcare. In: IFORS 2011: Conference for the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, 2011-07-18. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

SD and DES have been extensively applied to a range of situations in many ways, and can provide complementary insights into a system. This research considers the value of combining these approaches and presents proposals for their integration within healthcare. Designs for linking and a framework for undertaking mixed modelling interventions are proposed, providing a toolkit of interaction options. The impact of applying this framework and designs to facilitate integration in practice is considered. Models developed with an oncology unit are discussed and proposed practices are reflected upon.