An introduction to patient flow simulation for health-care managers

J Soc Health Syst. 1992;3(3):73-81.


Simulation of patient flow is a remarkably useful management tool. With today's software for personal computers, simulation is no longer just for academics and consultants. Senior and mid-level managers should actively seek out simulation as a problem-solving technique. This article provides health-care managers with the fundamental knowledge needed to individually initiate simulation studies of their departments.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care Information Systems
  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Consultants
  • Decision Support Systems, Management*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration*
  • Problem Solving
  • Research Design
  • United States