Special Issue "Using Fuzzy Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Methods for Improving the Performance of Public Emergency Departments during the COVID-19 Outbreak"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 3704
Interests: business organization; enterprise computing; decision making; information technology
Emergency departments are 24/7 units in charge of providing urgent care to seriously ill patients and those experiencing life-threatening conditions. The role of these departments has become more relevant considering that the COVID-19 pandemic has unexpectedly changed the demand patterns of emergency care services. In fact, robust emergency units are needed for effectively responding to the new healthcare scenario, especially in the public sector where resources are highly restricted. Therefore, it is important to continuously improve the performance of these units through fostering focused, in-time, and effective interventions. Given the multidimensional nature of emergency department performance and the complexity added by the COVID-19 pandemic, several dimensions and fuzzy approaches need to be considered when improving the response of emergency care in the public sector. In this sense, this Special Issue aims to present works based on fuzzy multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) methods addressing specific aspects or dimensions, and those seeking to improve performance from a global perspective. Conceptual frameworks, empirical studies, case studies, research articles with models, methodologies, and literature reviews are welcome.
The potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fuzzy MCDM methods to improve one or more dimensions of emergency departments;
- New key indicators to measure the performance of emergency departments;
- Hybrid fuzzy MCDM methods and their relevance in addressing the overall performance of public emergency departments.
Prof. Dr. Juan José Alfaro-Saíz
Prof. Dr. Miguel Ángel Ortiz-Barrios
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- public emergency departments
- fuzzy MCDM methods
- emergency department performance
- performance indicators