Online from: 1988
Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare
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|Title:||An assessment of diagnostic efficiency by Taguchi/DEA methods|
|Author(s):||Mehmet Tolga Taner, (Department of Human Resource Management, Dogus University, Istanbul, Turkey), Bulent Sezen, (Department of Management, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli, Turkey)|
|Citation:||Mehmet Tolga Taner, Bulent Sezen, (2009) "An assessment of diagnostic efficiency by Taguchi/DEA methods", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 22 Iss: 1, pp.93 - 98|
|Keywords:||Data analysis, Decision making, Process efficiency, Taguchi methods|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/09526860910927989 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The aim of this paper is to propose a new, objective and consistent method for the calculation of the diagnostic efficiency in medical applications.
Design/methodology/approach – In this study, a hybrid method of Taguchi and DEA is proposed. This method reflects the diversity of inputs and outputs by incorporating the stepwise application of sensitivity, specificity, leveling threshold, and efficiency score. A hypothetical case study is given which involves eight readers of X-ray films in clinical radiology.
Findings – The selected pairs of sensitivity and specificity yielded two efficient readers. After super efficiency analysis, Reader 6 is found to be the most efficient reader.
Originality/value – The paper presents a new, objective and consistent method for the calculation of the diagnostic efficiency in medical applications.
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