A System Dynamics Simulation Applied to Healthcare: A Systematic Review

Mohammad Reza Davahli, Waldemar Karwowski, Redha Taiar
2020 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  
In recent years, there has been significant interest in developing system dynamics simulation models to analyze complex healthcare problems. However, there is a lack of studies seeking to summarize the available papers in healthcare and present evidence on the effectiveness of system dynamics simulation in this area. The present paper draws on a systematic selection of published literature from 2000 to 2019, in order to form a comprehensive view of current applications of system dynamics
more » ... tem dynamics methodology that address complex healthcare issues. The results indicate that the application of system dynamics has attracted significant attention from healthcare researchers since 2013. To date, articles on system dynamics have focused on a variety of healthcare topics. The most popular research areas among the reviewed papers included the topics of patient flow, obesity, workforce demand, and HIV/AIDS. Finally, the quality of the included papers was assessed based on a proposed ranking system, and ways to improve the system dynamics models' quality were discussed.
doi:10.3390/ijerph17165741 pmid:32784439 fatcat:fkznm7o3xbb6dpbghto6ou6gjy