Planning problems in healthcare systems have received greater attention in the last decade, especially because of the concerns recently raised about the scattering of surgical interventions among a wide number of different facilities that can undermine the quality of the outcome due to the volume-outcome association. In this paper, an approach to plan the amount of surgical interventions that a facility has to perform to assure a low adjusted mortality rate is proposed. The approach explicitly takes into account the existing interaction among patients' choices and decision makers' planning decisions. The first objective of the proposed approach is to find a solution able to reach quality in health outcomes and patients' adherence. The second objective is to investigate the difference among solutions that are identified as optimal by either only one of the actors' perspective, i.e., decision makers and patients, or by considering both the perspectives simultaneously. Following these objectives, the proposed approach is applied to a case study on Italian colon cancer interventions performed in 2014. Results confirm a variation in the hospital planned volumes when considering patients' behaviour together with the policy maker plan, especially due to personal preferences and lack of information about hospital quality.

Hospital volume allocation: integrating decision maker and patient perspectives

Listorti, Elisabetta;
2022-01-01

Abstract

Planning problems in healthcare systems have received greater attention in the last decade, especially because of the concerns recently raised about the scattering of surgical interventions among a wide number of different facilities that can undermine the quality of the outcome due to the volume-outcome association. In this paper, an approach to plan the amount of surgical interventions that a facility has to perform to assure a low adjusted mortality rate is proposed. The approach explicitly takes into account the existing interaction among patients' choices and decision makers' planning decisions. The first objective of the proposed approach is to find a solution able to reach quality in health outcomes and patients' adherence. The second objective is to investigate the difference among solutions that are identified as optimal by either only one of the actors' perspective, i.e., decision makers and patients, or by considering both the perspectives simultaneously. Following these objectives, the proposed approach is applied to a case study on Italian colon cancer interventions performed in 2014. Results confirm a variation in the hospital planned volumes when considering patients' behaviour together with the policy maker plan, especially due to personal preferences and lack of information about hospital quality.
2021
Listorti, Elisabetta; Alfieri, Arianna; Pastore, Erica
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