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Developing a simulation model for the patient pathway of cutaneous malignant melanoma

Journal article
Authors Stefan Hallberg
Magdalena Claeson
Paul Holmström
John Paoli
Ann-Marie Wennberg
Helena Gonzalez
Published in Operations Research for Health Care
Volume 6
Pages 23-30
ISSN 2211-6923
Publication year 2015
Published at
Pages 23-30
Language en
Subject categories Cancer and Oncology, Dermatology and Venereal Diseases, Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

Abstract

In this study, a system dynamic simulation model for a part of the patient pathway of cutaneous malignant melanoma was developed. A model was built that produced quantified out-put of diagnosed patients staged by severity, using System dynamic simulation. Data from the Swedish Melanoma Registry were combined with current scientific results and used in this analytical tool. Solutions to how these results are adapted into a simulation are described. The simulation model has the ability to generate alternative quantitative output of patient health in a population corresponding to realistic interventions in health care programmes as well as population and incidence development.

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