Journal article

Constrained Optimization Methods in Health Services Research-An Introduction: Report 1 of the ISPOR Optimization Methods Emerging Good Practices Task Force

William Crown, Nasuh Buyukkaramikli, Praveen Thokala, Alec Morton, Mustafa Y Sir, Deborah A Marshall, Jon Tosh, William V Padula, Maarten J Ijzerman, Peter K Wong, Kalyan S Pasupathy

Value in Health | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

Providing health services with the greatest possible value to patients and society given the constraints imposed by patient characteristics, health care system characteristics, budgets, and so forth relies heavily on the design of structures and processes. Such problems are complex and require a rigorous and systematic approach to identify the best solution. Constrained optimization is a set of methods designed to identify efficiently and systematically the best solution (the optimal solution) to a problem characterized by a number of potential solutions in the presence of identified constraints. This report identifies 1) key concepts and the main steps in building an optimization model; 2) ..

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