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Organisational impact of Ambulatory Care

Ambulatory Care aims to deliver walk-in walk-out treatment for patients. Ideally, provides consultation, diagnosis and treatment will be undertaken in just one visit to the centre.  This should provide both better patient-centred care and also make more efficient use of resources.  However, this depends on identifying those patients suited to this type of care and the careful co-ordination of services.  This study, funded by the Chief Scientist’s Office (Scotland),  was based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.  A series of models was developed, including a simulation, to explore different approaches to implementing the concepts of Ambulatory Care.


Bowers J., Jeffrey S., Mould G. (2002) On defining ambulatory care in practice, British Journal of Health Care Management, Vol.8, No.8, pp.305-309.

Bowers J., Mould G. (2005) Ambulatory care & orthopaedic capacity planning, Health Care Management Science, Vol.8, No.1, pp 41-48.

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