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

Rob Baltussen, Sitapon Youngkong, Francesco Paolucci, Louis Niessen

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-264
Number of pages3
JournalHealth policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010



  • Multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Priority setting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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