An Intuitionistic Multiplicative ORESTE Method for Patients’ Prioritization of Hospitalization
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Intuitionistic multiplicative preference relationORESTEMultiple criteria decision makingCorrelation coefficientPatients’ prioritizationHospital management
Zhang, C. [et al.]. An Intuitionistic Multiplicative ORESTE Method for Patients’ Prioritization of Hospitalization. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 777.
SponsorshipThe work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71501135, 71771156, 71532007), the Scientific Research Foundation for Excellent Young Scholars at Sichuan University (No. 2016SCU04A23), and the Grant from the FEDER funds (No. TIN2016-75850-R).
The tension brought about by sickbeds is a common and intractable issue in public hospitals in China due to the large population. Assigning the order of hospitalization of patients is difficult because of complex patient information such as disease type, emergency degree, and severity. It is critical to rank the patients taking full account of various factors. However, most of the evaluation criteria for hospitalization are qualitative, and the classical ranking method cannot derive the detailed relations between patients based on these criteria. Motivated by this, a comprehensive multiple criteria decision making method named the intuitionistic multiplicative ORESTE (organísation, rangement et Synthèse dedonnées relarionnelles, in French) was proposed to handle the problem. The subjective and objective weights of criteria were considered in the proposed method. To do so, first, considering the vagueness of human perceptions towards the alternatives, an intuitionistic multiplicative preference relation model is applied to represent the experts’ preferences over the pairwise alternatives with respect to the predetermined criteria. Then, a correlation coefficient-based weight determining method is developed to derive the objective weights of criteria. This method can overcome the biased results caused by highly-related criteria. Afterwards, we improved the general ranking method, ORESTE, by introducing a new score function which considers both the subjective and objective weights of criteria. An intuitionistic multiplicative ORESTE method was then developed and further highlighted by a case study concerning the patients’ prioritization.