Planning of Midwives

Line Græse, Charlotte Vilhelmsen, Jesper Larsen

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    At a hospital in Denmark around 40 midwives support the pregnancy of approx.
    6000 pregnant women every year. Their role is to monitor the pregnancies and
    prepare the women for labour. Based on the due date of a woman, authority
    guidelines prescribe specific and mostly rather narrow time windows within
    which the pregnant woman should have consultations with a midwife. Therefore,
    once a pregnant woman enters the system, here sequence of consultations
    for the time period until labour is fairly fixed. There is a clear goal that, as
    far as possible, each pregnant woman should see the same midwife at every
    consultation. Every week the newly arrived pregnant women are assigned an
    arbitrary free time slot belonging to a specific midwife. In turn this midwife is
    expected to have consultations with this woman in specific weeks according to
    the authority guidelines. This random assignment of pregnant woman to specific
    midwives, without any concern to the midwives? future schedules, means
    that each midwife has a very unbalanced workload over the year. Furthermore,
    it means that there is an imbalance between the workloads of the different midwifes.
    The aim of this project is therefore to devise a method that can make
    a fair distribution of pregnant women among the midwives. The distribution
    should result in a balanced work load for each midwife and a balanced work
    load among the midwives while at the same time making sure that the time
    windows for consultations are not violated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event28th European Conference on Operational Research - Poznan, Poland
    Duration: 3 Jul 20167 Jul 2016


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