Priority setting using multiple criteria: should a lung health programme be implemented in Nepal?

Baltussen, R, ten Asbroek, A H A, Koolman, X, Shrestha, N, Bhattarai, P and Niessen, L W (2007) Priority setting using multiple criteria: should a lung health programme be implemented in Nepal? Health Policy and Planning, 22 (3). pp. 178-185. ISSN 0268-1080

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify and weigh the various criteria for priority setting, and to assess whether a recently evaluated lung health programme in Nepal should be considered a priority in that country. Methods: Through a discrete choice experiment with 66 respondents in Nepal, the relative importance of several criteria for priority setting was determined. Subsequently, a set of interventions, including the lung health programme, was rank ordered on the basis of their overall performance on those criteria. Results: Priority interventions are those that target severe diseases, many beneficiaries and people of middle-age, have large individual health benefits, lead to poverty reduction and are very cost-effective. Certain interventions in tuberculosis control rank highest. The lung health programme ranks 13th out of 34 interventions. Conclusion: This explorative analysis suggests that the lung health programme is among the priorities in Nepal when taking into account a range of relevant criteria for priority setting. The multi-criteria approach can be an important step forward to rational priority setting in developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 19:17
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69736
DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czm010

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