A consumer preference approach to the planning of rural primary health-care facilities
Operations Research
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Parker, B. R. S., V. (1976). A Consumer Preference Approach to the Planning of Rural Primary Health-Care Facilities. [Journal Article]. Operations Research, 24(5), 991.
A problem in planning the expansion of a rural primary health-care delivery system is to determine the set of facilities to be added to an existing system so as to maximize the incremental benefit to the community subject to a cost constraint. The proposed approach involves the following five steps: (1) identification of facility attributes relevant to patients in their choice of health-care facilities, (2) modeling of an individual's overall preference for alternate facilities as a weighted linear function of these facility attributes, (3) transformation of each consumer's preference model into a benefit function expressing the individual's benefit in dollars,/year for an existing or potential facility, (4) provision of a method for determining the total incremental benefit to the community from a set of proposed health-care facilities, and (5) use of a heuristic procedure to determine a set of facilities that yields near-optimum total incremental benefit subject to the cost constraint. A practical application of the proposed approach reveals that the consumer preference model has substantial reliability and predictive validity. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Operations Research is the property of INFORMS: Institute for Operations Research and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)