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Mind the gap: a review of optimisation in mental healthcare service delivery

Noorain, Sheema, Paola Scaparra, Maria, Kotiadis, Kathy (2022) Mind the gap: a review of optimisation in mental healthcare service delivery. Health Systems, . pp. 1-34. ISSN 2047-6965. (doi:10.1080/20476965.2022.2035260) (KAR id:95085)


Well-planned care arrangements with effective distribution of available resources have the potential to address inefficiencies in mental health services. We begin by exploring the complexities associated with mental health and describe how these influence service delivery. We then conduct a scoping literature review of studies employing optimisation techniques that address service delivery issues in mental healthcare. Studies are classified based on criteria such as the type of planning decision addressed, the purpose of the study and care setting. We analyse the modelling methodologies used, objectives, constraints and model solutions. We find that the application of optimisation to mental healthcare is in its early stages compared to the rest of healthcare. Commonalities between mental healthcare service provision and other services are discussed, and the future research agenda is outlined. We find that the existing application of optimisation in specific healthcare settings can be transferred to mental healthcare. Also highlighted are opportunities for addressing specific issues faced by mental healthcare services.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/20476965.2022.2035260
Uncontrolled keywords: mental healthcare, service delivery, optimisation, planning, COVID-19
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems
Depositing User: Sheema Noorain
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 13:12 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2022 07:42 UTC
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