Real-world effects of simulation modelling on healthcare decision-making

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Background/Objectives: Computer simulation modelling is an increasingly popular tool for supporting evidence-based decisions in healthcare policy and clinical practice. However current applications have largely been limited to microsimulations of discrete problems and environments. Model success has been measured by model delivery rather than its effect on the decision-making process and outcomes. We address this gap by examining the real-world effects of simulation modelling on the strategic decision-making processes of an Australian Mental Healthcare Executive. Methods/Design: The study tracks the effect of a series of simulation models on the decision-making process of a Mental Healthcare Executive over the period of 2 years. Unparalleled access to the inner workings of the group allowed data to be collected via in-depth interviews, internal document analysis, observations of Executive meetings and periodic surveys. Mixed-method data collection allows for a qualitative time series analysis of the convergence between participants’ collective decision process and the ideals of the rational decision-making model. Process variables of information-sharing, problem exploration and constructive controversy are considered alongside outcome variables of decision commitment, confidence and efficiency. Results/Findings: Data collection is ongoing. Preliminary findings on the baseline decision-making process and changes to date will be presented. Conclusions/Implications: This study provides insight into the application of simulation modelling in the real-world context, linking psychological theory with healthcare management practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
EventBiennial Conference of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care - Priorities 2014: Examining the Past and Contemplating the Future – 20 Years of Priority Setting - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 10 Nov 201412 Nov 2014
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceBiennial Conference of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care - Priorities 2014
Abbreviated titleISPHC 2014
OtherBiennial conference of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care (ISPHC)

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