From the South-West Peninsula and Wessex CLAHRCs

A nice review of operations research (systems modelling and in silico simulation) uses access to thrombolysis for stroke as its example.[1] They identified where the snarl ups arose (e.g. the ambulance needs to radio ahead) and predicted that they could improve thrombolysis rates from about 5% to 15% of strokes. By Jupiter that is what they achieved! The article contains a nice review of OR methods.

— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director


  1. Pitt M, Monks T, Crowe S, Vasilakis C. Systems modelling and simulation in health service design, delivery and decision making. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016; 25: 38-45.

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