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Chemotherapy appointment scheduling under uncertainty using mean-risk stochastic integer programming

Michelle Alvarado(michelle.alvarado***at***tamu.edu)
Lewis Ntaimo(ntaimo***at***tamu.edu)

Abstract: Oncology clinics are often burdened with scheduling large volumes of cancer patients for chemotherapy treatments under limited resources such as the number of nurses and chairs. These cancer patients require a series of appointments over several weeks or months and the timing of these appointments is critical to the treatment's effectiveness. Additionally, the appointment duration, the acuity levels of each appointment, and the availability of clinic nurses are uncertain. The timing constraints, stochastic parameters, rising treatment costs, and increased demand of outpatient oncology clinic services motivate the need for efficient appointment schedules and clinic operations. In this paper, we develop three mean-risk stochastic integer programming (SIP) models, referred to as SIP-CHEMO, for the problem of scheduling individual chemotherapy patient appointments and resources. These mean-risk models are presented and an algorithm is devised to improve computational speed. Computational results were conducted using a simulation model and results indicate that the risk-averse SIP-CHEMO model with the expected excess mean-risk measure can decrease patient waiting times and nurse overtime when compared to deterministic scheduling algorithms by 42% and 27% respectively.

Keywords: healthcare, oncology clinics, patient service, chemotherapy scheduling, mean-risk stochastic programming

Category 1: Applications -- OR and Management Sciences (Scheduling )

Category 2: Stochastic Programming

Citation: unpublished

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Entry Submitted: 08/25/2016
Entry Accepted: 08/25/2016
Entry Last Modified: 08/25/2016

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