Modeling time allocation for prevention in primary care
This paper discusses the problem of allocating time for prevention at the primary care level, focusing on a general practitioner (GP) practice. The basic trade-off is between improved state of the health of the population, which translates into less demand for the GP services, and a decreased capacity for curative services, which translates into increased congestion. The problem of how much time to devote to prevention is modeled as a non-linear optimization problem. As an extension of the problem, selection of preventive activities to perform among recommended alternatives is modeled using a knapsack formulation, and its application is illustrated with a numerical example. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2009
Volume (Year): 17 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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