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A quasihierarchical location-allocation model for primary health care planning

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2 Author(s)
Tien, J.M. ; Dept. of Electrical, Computer & Systems Engng., Rensselaer Polytech. Inst., Troy, NY, USA ; El-Tell, K.

In studying primary health care (PHC) systems in developing countries, a quasihierarchical relationship between health centers and village clinics is identified; it is based not only on an organizational attachment of one or more village clinics to every health center, but also on the daily presence of a health-center-based physician at each clinic. A unique zero-one integer programming model is developed and applied to a PHC system in Jordan. The PHC coverage problem is explicitly addressed in the model; its objective is to enhance both the accessibility to PHC services and the availability of physician-provided services.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SMC-14 ,  Issue: 3 )