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A simulation-based decision support tool for informing the management of patients with Parkinson’s disease


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Demir, E., Vasilakis, C., Lebcir, R. and Southern, D., 2015. A simulation-based decision support tool for informing the management of patients with Parkinson’s disease. International Journal of Production Research, 53 (24), pp. 7238-7251.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2015.1029647

    Abstract

    We describe a decision support toolkit that was developed with the aim of assisting those responsible with the management and treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the UK. Having created a baseline model and established its face validity, the toolkit captures the complexity of PD services at a sufficient level and operates within a user friendly environment, that is, an interface was built to allow users to specify their own local PD service and input their own estimates or data of service demands and capacities. The main strength of this decision support tool is the adoption of a team approach to studying the system, involving six PD specialist nurses across the country, ensuring that variety of views and suggestions are taken as well as systems modelling and simulations. The tool enables key decision makers to estimate the likely impact of changes, such as increased use of community services on activity, cost, staffing levels, skill-mix, and utilisation of resources.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsDemir, E., Vasilakis, C., Lebcir, R. and Southern, D.
    DOI10.1080/00207543.2015.1029647
    DepartmentsSchool of Management
    Research CentresEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Mathematics (SAMBa)
    Publisher StatementParkinson_Disease_using_DES_prepub.pdf: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor and Francis in International Journal of Production Research on 09/04/2015, available online: http://tandfonline.com/10.1080/00207543.2015.1029647
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code47203

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