Assessment of health service systems: a case study of metamodelling to explore options for future health service provision
by Ann Taket, Leroy White
International Journal of Services Technology and Management (IJSTM), Vol. 1, No. 4, 2000

Abstract: Within health services, debates about the future configuration of services often involve a variety of stakeholders. Operational research or systems models can be used to inform such debates. The paper introduces our notion of metamodelling as a process of modelling with the stakeholder(s), i.e. an interactive process for involving them in: (1) eliciting model structures and parameters for use in a particular situation, and (2) using some model(s) to explore a particular decision situation. This involves working with a combination of different forms of representation, selected according to the context and according to the preferences of the stakeholders. The paper presents a case study involving the use of a simulation model, specifically an attraction constrained spatial interaction model, to provide information to assist in the exploration of different options for the future provision of inpatient hospital facilities in a region of the UK.

Online publication date: Fri, 04-Jul-2003

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Services Technology and Management (IJSTM):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email