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Title: Prioritizing health care interventions: a multicriteria resource allocation model to inform the choice of community care programmes
Authors: Oliveira, Mónica D.
Rodrigues, Teresa C.
Costa, Carlos A. Bana e
Sá, Armando Brito de
Keywords: Resource allocation
Portfolio decision analysis
Multicriteria analysis
Primary care
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Springer
Series/Report no.: International Series in Operations Research & Management Science;173
Abstract: Many countries, including Portugal, are currently dealing with budget cuts and a shortage of resources in the health sector, while the demand for health care services is increasing. The Group of Health Centres (GHC) of Northern Lisbon faces the challenge of prioritizing community care programmes in order to decide which programmes to fund. We describe the development with the GHC of a Multi-criteria model to allocate human resources in community care programmes (MARCCO). Building MARCCO was a socio-technical process using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) in a decision conferencing environment. The GHC used the results obtained by MARCCO to select programmes and to redesign its information system. MARCCO contributes to the literature by showing how a constructive approach using MCDA methods and decision conferencing is an alternative to conventional approaches used in the prioritization of interventions in the health care sector.
Description: © Springer-Verlag Italia 2012 - The original publication is available at
Peer review: yes
URI: hhtp://
ISBN: 978-88-470-2320-8
ISSN: 0884-8289
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