Scheduling Sustainable Homecare with Urban Transport and Different Skilled Nurses Using an Approximate Algorithm
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AuthorRos Mcdonnell, Lorenzo Brian; Szander, Norina; Fuente Aragón, María Víctoria de la; Vodopivec, Robert
SponsorsThis research was founded Young Researcher Training granted by the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (MEDIFAS) according to the contract reached between the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) and MEDIFAS.
Realizado en/conUniversidad Politécnica de Cartagena
Bibliographic CitationRos-McDonnell L, Szander N, de-la-Fuente-Aragón MV, Vodopivec R. Scheduling Sustainable Homecare with Urban Transport and Different Skilled Nurses Using an Approximate Algorithm. Sustainability. 2019; 11(22):6210. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226210
KeywordsUrban transport sustainable
Long-term home care
The essential characteristics that distinguish homecare services from other routing and scheduling problems are relatively few patients being spread out over a large urban area, long transport times and several different services being provided. The approach that the authors present herein was developed to solve planning homecare services according to the criterion of increasing social sustainability and incorporating environmentally sustainable transport systems. The objective of this paper is to present a tool to plan the daily work carried out by a homecare service with assigned patients with specific care requirements. It relies on the resources of nurses with different qualifications by assuming costs that depend on both offering the service and the different chosen transport modes. The algorithm manages several priority rules by ensuring that homecare provider goals and standards are met. The developed algorithm was tested according to the weekly homecare schedule of a group of ...
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