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Operations Research and Health Care Policy
     

Operations Research and Health Care Policy

by Gregory S. Zaric (Editor)
 

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Operations research tools are ideally suited to providing solutions and insights for the many problems health policy-maker's face. Indeed, a growing body of literature on health policy analysis, based on operations research methods, has emerged to address the problems mentioned above and several others. The research in this field is often multi-disciplinary, being

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Operations research tools are ideally suited to providing solutions and insights for the many problems health policy-maker's face. Indeed, a growing body of literature on health policy analysis, based on operations research methods, has emerged to address the problems mentioned above and several others. The research in this field is often multi-disciplinary, being conducted by teams that include not only operations researchers but also clinicians, economists and policy analysts. The research is also often very applied, focusing on a specific question driven by a decision-maker and many times yielding a tool to assist in future decisions.

The goal of this volume was to bring together a group of papers by leading experts that could showcase the current state of the field of operations research applied to health-care policy. There are 18 chapters that illustrate the breadth of this field. The chapters use a variety of techniques, including classical operations research tools, such as optimization, queuing theory, and discrete event simulation, as well as statistics, epidemic models and decision-analytic models. The book spans the field and includes work that ranges from highly conceptual to highly applied. An example of the former is the chapter by Kimmel and Schackman on building policy models, and an example of the latter is the chapter by Coyle and colleagues on developing a Markov model for use by an organization in Ontario that makes recommendations about the funding of new drugs. The book also includes a mix of review chapters, such as the chapter by Hutton on public health response to influenza outbreaks, and original research, such as the paper by Blake and colleagues analyzing a decision by Canadian Blood Services to consolidate services. This volume could provide an excellent introduction to the field of operations research applied to health-care policy, and it could also serve as an introduction to new areas for researchers already familiar with the topic.

The book is divided into six sections. The first section contains two chapters that describe several different applications of operations research in health policy and provide an excellent overview of the field. Sections 2 to 4 present policy models in three focused areas. Section 5 contains two chapters on conceptualizing and building policy models. The book concludes in Section 6 with two chapters describing work that was done with policy-makers and presenting insights gained from working directly with policy-makers.

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Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: Providing examples of operations research as they apply to heath policy, this book presents both theory and application of operations research in relationship to the development of health policy.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a variety of different research approaches that can be used to address policy problems. The focus is on those who are interested in policy but need the tools to obtain evidence to support their case. These worthy objectives are, for the most part, met.
Audience: Although the intended audience is not specified, the book appears to be geared towards policy makers and health policy students.
Features: The book moves from the application of heath policy models to examining such topics as chronic disease management/care coordination, community-based care, and the impact of reimbursement systems on organizational performance. Subsequent sections provide a synopsis of policy models regarding HIV, drug therapies, and share risk models. The last part of the book addresses policy models and working with policy makers to inform healthcare decisions. The shortcoming is that HIV is featured in many chapters, while other public health issues could have been used to make the book relevant for a broader audience.
Assessment: There is no comparable book on the market that solely addresses operations research. This one takes research in a newer direction and could be useful to healthcare researchers, yet it appears to be intended more for policy makers and policy students. The average policy student may have difficulty with the density of the presentation of research methods, while the research student may not fully grasp the policy applications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461465065
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
International Series in Operations Research & Management Science , #190
Edition description:
2013
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.07(d)

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