A hybrid discrete event agent based overdue pregnancy outpatient clinic simulation model
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Original versionViana, J., Simonsen, T. B., Dahl, F. A., & Flo, K. (2018, December). A hybrid discrete event agent based overdue pregnancy outpatient clinic simulation model. In Proceedings of the 2018 Winter Simulation Conference (pp. 1488-1499). IEEE Press. https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2018.8632282
This paper provides an overview of a hybrid, discrete event simulation (DES) agent based model (ABM), simulation model of the overdue pregnancy outpatient clinic at the Obstetrics department of Akershus University Hospital, Norway. The model is being developed in collaboration with clinic staff. The purpose of the model is to better plan resources (e.g. staffing) to improve patient flow at the outpatient clinic given the uncertainty associated with demand. The uncertainty is due to an increase in the size of the hospital's catchment area, changes to overdue pregnancy guidelines in Norway and that women can give birth before their appointments. The ABM model component represents the human parts of the system, the women and the clinic staff. The DES component represents the outpatient clinic's physical location and processes/pathways that operate within it. The technicalities of the model are presented along with some illustrative results.