The Surgical Scheduling Problem: Current Research and Future Opportunities
Article first published online: 20 JAN 2011
© 2011 Production and Operations Management Society
Production and Operations Management
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 392–405, May/June 2011
How to Cite
May, J. H., Spangler, W. E., Strum, D. P. and Vargas, L. G. (2011), The Surgical Scheduling Problem: Current Research and Future Opportunities. Production and Operations Management, 20: 392–405. doi: 10.1111/j.1937-5956.2011.01221.x
- Issue published online: 13 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 20 JAN 2011
- History: Received: November 2008; Accepted: August 2010, after 1 revision.
- surgical scheduling;
- resource planning
This paper reviews the general problem of surgical scheduling. We organize the literature based on the time frame or planning horizon of the schedule into six categories: capacity planning, process reengineering/redesign, the surgical services portfolio, procedure duration estimation, schedule construction, and schedule execution, monitoring, and control. We survey past work and suggest topics for potential future research in each of those areas.