SUNConferences, Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering 2014

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OPERATIONS RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE: A SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
Wilna L Bean

Last modified: 2014-06-26

Abstract


The use of  Operations Research (OR)  for decision making  and management of health care operations deals with the use of various models that enable decision makers in the health system to make more informed decisions and to plan and manage operations more effectively. Even though the use of OR in health care service delivery in developing countries has increased recently, there are still limited publications available in this field, despite the fact that these countries can significantly benefit from such applications. Considering that the dynamics of the health  care system of developing countries differs significantly from those of more developed countries, it is important for customised solutions and decision support models to be generated for developing countries. This paper therefore summarises various OR related research studies and applications in the health sectors of developing countries. It also provides an overview of the South African health sector, its challenges and how OR techniques can be used to support decision making in the country’s health system.


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