Group Modeling in System Dynamics - a Case Study

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Group Modeling in System Dynamics - a Case Study
Authors: Holmström, Paul
Abstract: A group modeling process, using system dynamics, is used to model a stroke ward. The purpose is to model quantitative and qualitative factors useful in room planning and dimensioning and to contribute to research studying the usefulness of simulation modeling as a planning tool in the design of new health care environments. The process is carried out within tight constraints on time and resources, while striking a balance between developing the group process and achieving a model. The group is intended to be representative consisting of different interested parties and is too large to benefit a good group process. Participants have different agendas and there is ambiguity of problems and goals. The challenge is to develop a model within the resource constraints and yet meaningful to the stakeholders, by using process consultation methodology. The modeling moves from basic causal loops to a model of patient flows. The difference between discrete and continuous modeling raises the issue of possible causes of goal erosion. Getting access to data turns out to be a major problem and in the end limits the scope and usefulness of the models. A “flight simulator” is constructed for testing policies to attain optimal dimensioning of the ward
Keywords: Livsvetenskaper;Optimeringslära, systemteori;Annan samhällsbyggnadsteknik;Dermatologi och venereologi;Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi;Life Science;Optimization, systems theory;Other Civil Engineering;Dermatology and Venereal Diseases;Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (Chalmers)
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)
Series/Report no.: Report - IT University of Göteborg, Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Göteborg : 2004:72
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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