Assessment of Relative Technical Efficiency of Small Mental Health Areas in Bizkaia (Basque Country, Spain)

Nerea Almeda, Carlos García-Alonso, José Alberto Salinas-Pérez, Mencía R. Gutiérrez-Colosía, Luis Salvador-Carulla


Mental disorders cause an enormous burden to society. Considering the current economic context, an efficient use of scarce inputs, with an appropriate outcome production, is crucial. This situation defines a classical Relative Technical Efficiency (RTE) problem. A well-known methodology to assess RTE is the Data Envelopment Analysis, although it presents some limitations. These may be overcome through a hybrid strategy that integrates Monte-Carlo simulation and artificial intelligence. This study aims to (1) design of a Decision Support System for the assessment of RTE of Small Mental Health Areas based on DEA; and (2) analyse 19 mental health areas of the Bizkaian Healthcare System (Spain) to classify them and to identify potential management improvements. The results have showed higher global RTE in the output-oriented orientation than in the input-oriented one. This suggests that a decision strategy based on improving the input management, within the ranges of the expert-driven model of community healthcare, could be appropriate. A future research line will focus our attention on the validation process through the analysis of micromanagement interventions and their potential impacts in the real system.


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Almeda N., García-Alonso C., Alberto Salinas-Pérez J., R. Gutiérrez-Colosía M. and Salvador-Carulla L. (2017). Assessment of Relative Technical Efficiency of Small Mental Health Areas in Bizkaia (Basque Country, Spain) . In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ICORES, ISBN 978-989-758-218-9, pages 377-384. DOI: 10.5220/0006195603770384

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author={Nerea Almeda and Carlos García-Alonso and José Alberto Salinas-Pérez and Mencía R. Gutiérrez-Colosía and Luis Salvador-Carulla},
title={Assessment of Relative Technical Efficiency of Small Mental Health Areas in Bizkaia (Basque Country, Spain)},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ICORES,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ICORES,
TI - Assessment of Relative Technical Efficiency of Small Mental Health Areas in Bizkaia (Basque Country, Spain)
SN - 978-989-758-218-9
AU - Almeda N.
AU - García-Alonso C.
AU - Alberto Salinas-Pérez J.
AU - R. Gutiérrez-Colosía M.
AU - Salvador-Carulla L.
PY - 2017
SP - 377
EP - 384
DO - 10.5220/0006195603770384