System dynamics applications in healthcare: a literature review

Jesús Isaac Vázquez-Serrano, Rodrigo E. Peimbert-García

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Healthcare simulation allows management to make decisions based on a solid framework. Continuous simulation is the foundation for systems dynamics, an approach to structure problems, understand those complex interactions within these problems and their changes over time. This paper reviews and resumes the state-of-the-art of system dynamics applications in healthcare. There are 74 publications related to system dynamics and healthcare that were identified in academic databases worldwide from 1999 to 2019. These articles were sorted by their characteristics, revealing that the applications of system dynamics have been broadly used in the healthcare to gain understanding about policy planning and public health decisions. The representation of patient behavior and technology advances, and the management of quality, staff and risk, are areas with potential application for systems dynamics in future research. The tendency to use continuous simulation in healthcare has been decreasing since 2014; however, the strength of hybrid simulation could exploit the innate power of the holistic view of system dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Subtitle of host publicationDubai, UAE, March 10-12, 2020
Place of PublicationMichigan, US
PublisherIEOM Society International
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781532359521
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event10th Annual International IEOM Conference, IEOM 2020 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 10 Mar 202012 Mar 2020

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767


Conference10th Annual International IEOM Conference, IEOM 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • Healthcare
  • Simulation
  • System Dynamics
  • Review
  • State-of-the-Art


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