The Applying ISM/FANP Approach for Appropriate Location Selection of Health Centers

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Department of Management, Faculty of Humanities, Persian Gulf University, Bushehr, Iran

Abstract

The main purpose of this paper is to present a fuzzy multi-criteria decision making (FMADM) model for appropriate location selection of a health center. Therefore, we identify sixteen criteria and sub-criteria for selecting a health center location. These criteria and sub-criteria have been obtained from literature reviews and practical interviews. This paper proposes a method which combines the methods of the interpretive structural modeling (ISM) and the fuzzy analytic network process (FANP) procedures to deal with the problem of the sub-systems interdependence and feedback. Also the methods of fuzzy set theory, fuzzy analytic hierarchy process and fuzzy analytical network process are used to combine decision-makers’ assessments about criteria weightings. Finally, an empirical study for the location selection of a health center in Ramsar is conducted to demonstrate the computational process and effectiveness of FMADM proposed by this paper.

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Article Title [Persian]

The Applying ISM/FANP Approach for Appropriate Location Selection of Health Centers

Authors [Persian]

  • Hamid Shahbandarzadeh
  • Ahmad Ghorbanpour
Abstract [Persian]

The main purpose of this paper is to present a fuzzy multi-criteria decision making (FMADM) model for appropriate location selection of a health center. Therefore, we identify sixteen criteria and sub-criteria for selecting a health center location. These criteria and sub-criteria have been obtained from literature reviews and practical interviews. This paper proposes a method which combines the methods of the interpretive structural modeling (ISM) and the fuzzy analytic network process (FANP) procedures to deal with the problem of the sub-systems interdependence and feedback. Also the methods of fuzzy set theory, fuzzy analytic hierarchy process and fuzzy analytical network process are used to combine decision-makers’ assessments about criteria weightings. Finally, an empirical study for the location selection of a health center in Ramsar is conducted to demonstrate the computational process and effectiveness of FMADM proposed by this paper.