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Operational antecedents of integrated patient planning in hospitals

Drupsteen, J., van der Vaart, T. & van Donk, D., 2016, In : International Journal of Operations & Production Management. 36, 8, p. 879-900 22 p.

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Purpose - Hospitals struggle to integrate the planning from different departments; resulting in unacceptable waiting times for patients. The literature mainly addresses general, organizational factors inhibiting or enabling integration and omits important factors stemming from the care delivery process. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to uncover operational antecedents and to assess their effect on the integration of hospital planning.

Design/methodology/approach - The study is based on a three-hospital multi-case study. The main findings stem from over 40 in-depth interviews with specialists, nurses, planners, and managers of four specialties that are all involved in the orthopedic internal supply chain.

Findings - This study identifies five critical operational antecedents: performance management, shared resources, information technology, process visibility, and uncertainty/variability. The latter two are of specific importance in a healthcare context. Three distinctive roles are identified; initiating (performance management and process visibility), facilitating (information technology), and inhibiting (shared resources and uncertainty/variability).

Practical implications - The authors address how integration can be achieved, rather than merely prescribing integration as a means to improve performance. The identification of specific operational antecedents and their role help managers to find tangible ways to effectively integrate hospital planning which increases hospital performance.

Originality/value - First, the identified operational antecedents are essential supplementary factors to more common organizational and behavioral antecedents. Second, in contrast to earlier contributions the authors show the effects of antecedents on three different stages of integration, rather than on integration in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)879-900
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management
Volume36
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

  • Case study, Hospital planning, Internal integration, Operational antecedents, SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION, CARE, PERFORMANCE, MANAGEMENT, IMPACT, PERSPECTIVE, STRATEGIES, FLOW, FRAMEWORK, PATHWAYS

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