A simulation model for analysing patient activity in dermatology

Loane, M and Wootton, R (2001) A simulation model for analysing patient activity in dermatology. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 7 Suppl. 1: S23-S25.

Author Loane, M
Wootton, R
Title A simulation model for analysing patient activity in dermatology
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 7
Issue Suppl. 1
Start page S23
End page S25
Total pages 3
Editor R Wootton
Place of publication London
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Abstract We developed a general model to assess patient activity within the primary and secondary health-care sectors following a dermatology outpatient consultation. Based on observed variables from the UK teledermatology trial, the model showed that up to 11 doctor-patient interactions occurred before a patient was ultimately discharged from care. In a cohort of 1000 patients, the average number of health-care visits was 2.4 (range 1-11). Simulation analysis suggested that the most important parameter affecting the total number of doctor-patient Interactions is patient discharge from care following the initial consultation. This implies that resources should be concentrated in this area. The introduction of teledermatology (either realtime or store and forward) changes the values of the model parameters. The model provides a quantitative tool for planning the future provision of dermatology health-care.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Q-Index Code C1

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