Team Projects

Strategic Capacity Planning for New Patient Oncology Appointments

As a consequence of an increasing demand for on-going cancer care, a significant amount of oncologist’s time is spent on follow-up appointments with patients.

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Reducing Wait List for New Patient Oncology Appointments through Improved Patient Scheduling

Motivated by an increasing demand for cancer care and long waits for new patient appointments, we identified a need for better new patient appointment scheduling.

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Chemotherapy Appointment Scheduling

This project studies appointment booking at the Ambulatory Care Chemotherapy Unit (ACCU) at the BC Cancer Agency – Vancouver Centre. This unit delivers more than 14,000 patient visits per year, creating complex scheduling challenges.

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Modelling Access and Capacity for Cancer Services in British Columbia

In this project our objective is to develop a framework for understanding the interrelationships between access, configuration and resource availability in the British Columbia cancer system. We measure the impact of changes in the processes in two major performance categories: patient wait times (access) and resource utilization.

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Factors Impacting Radiotherapy Planning

This project studies the factors that influence the time necessary to complete a Radiation Therapy treatment plan. Understanding which factors play a significant role in completing a plan can provide useful clinical and administrative insight.

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Radiation Therapy Treatment Decision Making for Prostate Cancer Patients based on PSA Dynamics

This project involves the use of the Kalman filter to update knowledge about PSA kinetics of high-intermediate and high risk prostate cancer patients that receive neoadjuvant hormone therapy prior to radiation therapy.

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Strategic Planning of Radiation Therapists

This project addresses the need to develop a mid-term plan for deployment of radiation therapists in a large cancer centre.

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Radiation Therapy Planning Processes

The planning portion of the radiation therapy treatment process at the British Columbia Cancer Agency is efficient but nevertheless contains room for improvement. The purpose of this project was to show how a discrete-event simulation (DES) model can be used to represent this complex process and to suggest improvements that may reduce the planning time and ultimately reduce overall waiting times.

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Radiation Therapy Treatment Scheduling

Motivated by the adverse effect of delays on patients' health such as physical distress and deterioration of quality of life, and the inefficiencies in the use of expensive resources, we formulate and solve an infinite horizon MDP model for scheduling multi-priority patients into radiation therapy treatment units.

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Patient Wait Experience in the Ambulatory Care Unit

This project corresponds to a sub-study of the ACU project. Its main objective is to examine patients' satisfaction during ACU appointments. In addition, this study looks at patients' perception on wait times and physical surroundings in the ACU clinic. This study will set a baseline on patient satisfaction for future comparison after operacional changes and improvements have been implemented.

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