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Staffs' and managers' perceptions of how and when discrete event simulation modelling can be used as a decision support in quality improvement: A focus group discussion study at two hospital settings in Sweden
Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institutet.
Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institutet.
Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institutet.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Informatics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2923-9034
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2017 (English)In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 7, no 5, e013869Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To explore healthcare staffs' and managers' perceptions of how and when discrete event simulation modelling can be used as a decision support in improvement efforts.

Design: Two focus group discussions were performed.

Settings: Two settings were included: a rheumatology department and an orthopaedic section both situated in Sweden.

Participants: Healthcare staff and managers (n=13) from the two settings.

Interventions: Two workshops were performed, one at each setting. Workshops were initiated by a short introduction to simulation modelling. Results from the respective simulation model were then presented and discussed in the following focus group discussion.

Results: Categories from the content analysis are presented according to the following research questions: how and when simulation modelling can assist healthcare improvement? Regarding how, the participants mentioned that simulation modelling could act as a tool for support and a way to visualise problems, potential solutions and their effects. Regarding when, simulation modelling could be used both locally and by management, as well as a pedagogical tool to develop and test innovative ideas and to involve everyone in improvement work.

Conclusions: Its potential as an information and communication tool and as an instrument for pedagogic work with healthcare improvement render a broader application and value of simulation modelling than previously reported.

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BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2017. Vol. 7, no 5, e013869
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Healthcare, simulation modelling, decision support, focus group
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-36259DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013869PubMedID: 28588107OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-36259DiVA: diva2:1111938
Available from: 2017-06-19 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved

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