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Simple Models Of Waiting Lists

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  • G. J. RODGERS

    (Department of Mathematical Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK)

  • Y. J. YAP

    (Department of Mathematical Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK)

  • T. P. YOUNG

    (Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK)

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    Abstract

    Motivated by recent empirical studies of the length distribution of hospital waiting lists, we introduce and solve a set of models that imitate the formation of waiting lists. Patients arriving in the system must choose a waiting list to join, based on its length. At the same time patients leave the lists as they get served. The model illustrates how the power-law distributions found in the empirical studies might arise, but indicates that the mechanism causing the power-laws is unlikely to be the preferential behavior of patients or their physicians.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Advances in Complex Systems.

    Volume (Year): 06 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 02 ()
    Pages: 215-222

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:acsxxx:v:06:y:2003:i:02:p:215-222

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    Keywords: Waiting lists; healthcare; power-law; 02.50.cw; 05.40.-a; 89.75Hc;

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