A Decade of Operations Research in Health
Some of the roots of operations research have been identified by Dr. Page in his paper. Three major ones are apparent from the outset in studies of the health services, with somewhat different emphasis than in military and industrial applications. First, the models of systems behavior, particularly stochastic systems, were applied; indeed, the role of the early operations researchers in hospitals was almost a missionary one of revealing to physicians and administrators the dominant effects of chance on the time patterns of demands for available resources. More will be said of this later.
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