Surgical process modelling strategies: which method to choose for determining workflow?

Maryam Gholinejad*, Arjo J. Loeve, Jenny Dankelman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The vital role of surgeries in healthcare requires a constant attention to improvement. Surgical process modelling is an innovative and rather recently introduced approach for tackling the issues in today’s complex surgeries. This modelling field is very challenging and still under development, therefore, it is not always clear which modelling strategy would best fit the needs in which situations. The aim of this study was to provide a guide for matching the choice of modelling strategies for determining surgical workflows. In this work, the concepts associated with surgical process modelling are described, aiming to clarify them and to promote their use in future studies. The relationship of these concepts and the possible combinations of the suitable approaches for modelling strategies are elaborated and the criteria for opting for the proper modelling strategy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-104
JournalMinimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • surgical procedure
  • surgical process model
  • surgical workflow analysis


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