Refining case management for dementia using insights from operations management

B.R. Meijboom, L. van den Bosch, R. Schalk

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Abstract

Purpose
Providers of healthcare services face increasing performance demands in terms of cost-efficiency as well as client centeredness. Dementia care is an illustrative example in this respect. Due to the aging society, the number of dementia clients is expected to grow significantly, which implies increasing costs. At the same time, demands in terms of coherent and high-quality care for dementia clients are increasing, putting a stronger emphasis on demand driven, responsive care and service processes. Literature shows that case management in dementia care is beneficial for persons with dementia and caregivers, but costly. Using insights from operations management (OM), the purpose of this paper is to develop a new model for case management in dementia care.
Design/methodology/approach
To address both cost containment and customer orientation, insights from OM, in particular front/back office (FO/BO) configuration and modularity theory, are used to develop an innovative conceptual model for case management in dementia care.
Findings
This framework offers a new way of conceptualizing care provision throughout the different phases of a chronic disease process. Linking FO/BO configurations and modular organizing with case management makes it possible to create a cost-effective and client-centered system of healthcare management.
Originality/value
A new model is developed to address both cost containment and customer orientation based on insights from OM, in particular FO/BO configuration and modularity theory.
Keywords: Operations management, Dementia, Healthcare services, Aging society, Case management, Performance demands
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-170
JournalQuality in Ageing and Older Adults
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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