Automatic Nurse Allocation based on a Population Algorithm for Home Health Care

Filipe Alves, Ana Rocha, Ana Pereira, Paulo Leitão

Abstract

The provision of home health care services is becoming an important research area, mainly because in Portugal the population is ageing and it is necessary to perform home care services. Home care visits are organized taking into account the medical treatments and general support that elder/sick people need at home. This health service can be provided by nurses teams from Health Units, requiring some logistics for this purpose. Usually, the visits are manually planned and without computational support. The main goal of this work is to carry out the automatic nurse’s allocation of home care visits, of one Bragança Health Unit, in order to minimize the nurse’s workload balancing, spent time in all home care visits and, consequently, reduce the costs involved. The developed methodology was coded in MatLab Software and the problems were efficiently solved by the particle swarm optimization method. The nurse’s allocation solution of home care visits for the presented case study shows a significant improvement and reduction in the maximum time, in the nurse workload balancing, as well as the patients waiting time.

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Alves F., Rocha A., Pereira A. and Leitão P. (2020). Automatic Nurse Allocation based on a Population Algorithm for Home Health Care.In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ND2A, ISBN 978-989-758-396-4, pages 395-402. DOI: 10.5220/0009386103950402


in Bibtex Style

@conference{nd2a20,
author={Filipe Alves and Ana Rocha and Ana Pereira and Paulo Leitão},
title={Automatic Nurse Allocation based on a Population Algorithm for Home Health Care},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ND2A,},
year={2020},
pages={395-402},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0009386103950402},
isbn={978-989-758-396-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ND2A,
TI - Automatic Nurse Allocation based on a Population Algorithm for Home Health Care
SN - 978-989-758-396-4
AU - Alves F.
AU - Rocha A.
AU - Pereira A.
AU - Leitão P.
PY - 2020
SP - 395
EP - 402
DO - 10.5220/0009386103950402