Operations Research in Healthcare: a survey
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2010
© 2010 The Authors. International Transactions in Operational Research © 2010 International Federation of Operational Research Societies
International Transactions in Operational Research
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 1–31, January 2011
How to Cite
Rais, A. and Viana, A. (2011), Operations Research in Healthcare: a survey. International Transactions in Operational Research, 18: 1–31. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3995.2010.00767.x
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 19 AUG 2010
- Received 16 September 2009; received in revised form 21 January 2010; accepted 21 January 2010
- operations research;
Optimisation problems in Healthcare have received considerable attention for more than three decades. More recently, however, with decreasing birth rates in nearly all of the developed countries and increasing average longevity globally, optimisation issues in Healthcare have become noticeably important and attract keen interest from the Operations Research community. Over the years, attention has gradually expanded from resource allocation and strategic planning to include operational issues such as resource scheduling and treatment planning.
This paper surveys several applications of Operations Research in the domain of Healthcare. In particular, the paper reviews key contributions addressing contemporary optimisation issues in this area. It highlights current research activities, focusing on a variety of optimisation problems as well as solution techniques used for solving the optimisation problems.