Sustainable network advantages: A game theoretic approach to community-based health care coalitions

Eric W. Ford, Rebecca Wells, Barbara Bailey

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Abstract

Health care organizations often enter into a cooperative arrangement to create safety-net programs and coordinate care. Maintaining effective cooperation in such alliances poses special problems that can be examined using network analysis and explained in game theory terms. A mental health coalition case study is presented using network analysis and game theory interpretations. Had a positive-sum game approach been applied to the coalition's initial design, its subsequent suboptimal performance might have been averted. The application of network analysis plus a game theoretic paradigm has significant implications for improving both the design and the coordination of such coalitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Care Management Review
Volume29
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community health improvement
  • Game theory
  • Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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