System dynamics' potential in developing safety in complex systems-literature review and a pilot study for medication safety in a hospital pharmacy

Mohammed Ibrahim-Shire, Gyuchan Thomas Jun, Stewart Robinson

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Abstract

System dynamics modelling includes a set of conceptual and numerical methods that are used to understand the structure and behaviour of complex systems. A system dynamics model represents the causal relationships, feedback loops, and delays that are thought to generate the system behaviour. Its full potential as a method to understand and develop safety in complex dynamic systems has not been fully identified. A systematic approach-based literature was conducted to identify studies employing SD applications in safety-critical domains. Thirty-seven studies were included and classified based on a customised human factors safety taxonomy framework. Results identified several gaps with a focus on healthcare. It also provides the rationale for an on-going pilot study applying SD to simulate the impact of staff workload on medication safety in a hospital pharmacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop 2016, SW 2016
EditorsKaty Hoad, Martin Kunc, Anastasia Anagnostou
PublisherThe Operational Research Society Limited
Pages238-247
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0903440598, 9780903440592
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2016
Event2016 Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop - Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Apr 201613 Apr 2016

Conference

Conference2016 Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop
Abbreviated titleSW 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWarwickshire
Period11/04/1613/04/16

Keywords

  • Literature review
  • Safety
  • Simulation modelling
  • System dynamics

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