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  1. Scheduling outpatient appointments in a dynamic environment.

    Article - En anglais

    The primary issue addressed in this research is how to schedule clients as they call for appointments, without knowing which'types'of clients will call at a later time.

    The main goal is to compare various scheduling rules in order to minimize the waiting time of the clients as well as the idle time of the service provider.

    Interviews with receptionists verified that they have knowledge regarding differences between clients'service time characteristics.

    This information is used both to differentiate between clients and to develop various scheduling rules for those clients.

    A simulation model of a dynamic medical outpatient environment is developed based on insight gained from the interviews and from prior research.

    Two decision variables are analyzed ('scheduling rule'and'position of appointment slots left unscheduled for potential urgent calls') while two environmental factors are varied ('expected mean of the clients'service time'and'expected percentage of clients with low service time standard deviation compared to those with high service time standard deviation'). This resulted in 30 combinations of decision variables, each tested within 15 combinations of environmental factors.

    By using multiple performance measures, it is possible to improve considerably on some of the'best'rules found in the current literature.

    The'best'decisions depend on the goals of the particular clinic as well as the environment it encounters. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Théorie, Simulation ordinateur, Soin, Méthode statistique, Levé, Optimisation, Performance, Ordonnancement

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Service operations, Outpatient appointments, Theory, Computer simulation, Health care, Statistical methods, Surveys, Optimization, Performance, Scheduling

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0348719

    Code Inist : 001D01A. Création : 10/04/1997.