Mapping care pathways for the elderly

Katsaliaki, Korina, Browning, D., Knight, P. and Brailsford, Sally C. (2005) Mapping care pathways for the elderly. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 19 (1) . pp. 57-72. ISSN 1477-7266 [Article] (doi:10.1108/14777260510592130)


Purpose – Aims to describe a project carried out within Hampshire Social Services investigating potential care pathways for older people after discharge from hospital and to show the potential of the simulation methodology in such situations.

Design/methodology/approach – A discrete-event simulation was used to determine the system capacities and to estimate the likely associated reimbursement costs.

Findings – A prototype simulation model was developed showing the potential value of this approach.

Research limitations/implications – Restrictions in data access shifted the focus from quantitative service mapping to a more descriptive approach.

Practical implications – Currently, many older patients experience delayed discharge from acute beds because of capacity limitations in Social Services’ traditional post-acute care services. At the same time, new regulations require Local Authorities to reimburse NHS Acute Trusts if hospital discharge is delayed solely due to inadequate provision of social care assessments and services. In order to overcome the so-called “bed-blocking” problem, a new range of services termed “Intermediate Care” has been introduced to offer alternative options for older patients. These services are examined in terms of capacity and appropriateness.

Originality/value – This paper fulfils an identified need to record and evaluate the new post-acute packages introduced by the Social Services and NHS and proposes simulation as one of the most suitable methodologies for such objectives.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 621
Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2008 15:12
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:12

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