Spinal Cord Injury

The Centre for Operations Excellence (COE) at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC) was asked by the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Network (SCISN) and The Rick Hansen Foundation to participate in the early stages of planning a Canada wide, long term, multi-year project (LT Project) that will evaluate alternative methods for managing spinal cord injury care through simulation experiments. The COE will carry out a pilot study with the goal of producing recommendations for the planning and execution of the LT Project. The pilot study will involve carrying out a “dry-run” of the LT Project approach on a lesser scale for one of the LT Project study sites. The pilot study will involve process mapping, empirical analysis of the process using statistical tools to understand the degree of variability between different factors that determine patient flow time, and develop a ‘first-cut’ of a discrete event simulation model to test the ability of simulation for addressing the type of policy questions envisioned in the LT Project.

Argelio Santos
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Derek Atkins
British Columbia