Authors: Debmallya Chatterjee
Addresses: T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal 576104, Karnataka, India
Abstract: Applications of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and its Fuzzy Extension (FAHP) can be witnessed in different Multi-criteria Decision-Making (MCDM) situations including location selection. However, the use of such a prominent MCDM tool is limited when it comes to hospital site selection in India. This paper makes an attempt to do a formal study of hospital site selection in India using AHP and its fuzzy extension. The study embeds Delphi both with AHP and FAHP in generating consensus and does a comparative analysis to verify the supremacy of one over another. Three rural locations from India are considered for a potential hospital in the study. Results indicate 'cost of land' as the most important sub-factor across both the integrated models followed by 'population characteristics'. D-AHP and D-FAHP has resulted in varying weights for few sub-factors nevertheless the differences are not statistically significant.
Keywords: Delphi method; hospital site selection; MCDM; analytical hierarchy process; fuzzy AHP; FAHP; multicriteria decision making; facilities location; hospital sites; India; rural locations; land costs; population characteristics; land prices; hospitals; healthcare.
International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, 2014 Vol.4 No.2/3, pp.113 - 128
Received: 06 Apr 2014
Accepted: 21 Nov 2014
Published online: 10 Feb 2015 *