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Health Policy. 2010 Aug;96(3):262-4. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.01.009. Epub 2010 Mar 4.

Multi-criteria decision analysis to prioritize health interventions: Capitalizing on first experiences.

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Department of Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, 6500HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


This paper capitalizes on a first set of experiences on the application of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) in seven low- and middle-income settings. It thereby reacts to a recent paper by Peacock et al., highlighting the potential of MCDA to guide policy makers in highly specific decision-making contexts. We argue that MCDA also has a broader application in setting priorities in health, i.e. to indicate general perceptions on priorities without defining the allocation of resources in a precise fashion. This use of MCDA can have far-reaching and constructive influences on policy formulation.

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