Quantitative Methods in Health Care Management

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Quantitative methods in health care management Ozcan YA Jossey-Bass, 2005 ISBN: 0 7879 7164 2. RRP: $102.48. xx + 412 pages

MANY PROBLEMS in contemporary health care lend themselves to quantitative analysis. How can we improve patient flow in the emergency department? How many nurses will Australia need in 2020? Where should we locate a new MRI facility in our state? This text book describes methods that might be used to address such questions.

Thus, the book deals with the application of methods in management science to health care.

Dr Yasar A Ozcan is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health Care Management Science and hence is well qualified to write this book.

Topics covered include forecasting, decision analysis, project management, quality control, simulation, and others. This review will focus on two of the 15 chapters.

Chapter 2 (39 pp) deals with forecasting. A hospital administrator could use the techniques in this chapter to predict electricity usage in the hospital for each of the quarters in the following year. A public servant in the Department of Health could use these ideas to get a better appreciation of forecasts developed by the Department. A graduate student might find the chapter illuminating as an introduction to time series analysis.

As in most chapters of the book, Ozcan makes considerable use of the computer package Win-QSB. In fact, having ready access to this package is essential to get the most benefit from the book. The author does not presume any knowledge of forecasting methods. However, a basic knowledge of statistical methods would be useful to the reader. …