Improving efficiency assessment of psychiatric halfway houses: A context-dependent data envelopment analysis approach

Chien Wen Shen, Chin Hsing Hsu, For Wey Lung, Pham Thi Minh Ly

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Abstract

This study proposes the approach of context-dependent data envelopment analysis (DEA) to measure operating performance in halfway houses to enable suitable adjustments at the current economic scale. The proposed approach can be used to discriminate the performance of efficient halfway houses and provide more accurate DEA results related to the performance of all halfway houses in a region or a country. The relative attractiveness and progress were also evaluated, and individual halfway houses’ competitive advantage and potential competitors could be determined. A case study of 38 halfway houses in Taiwan was investigated by our proposed approach. Findings suggest that fifteen halfway houses belong to the medium level, which can be classified into a quadrant by examining both their attractiveness score and progress score. The results can be used to allocate community resources to improve the operational directions and develop incentives for halfway houses with attractive and progressive values, which can reduce the institutionalization and waste of medical resources caused by the long-term hospitalization of patients with mental illnesses. Our proposed approach can also provide references for operators and policy makers to improve the management, accreditation, and resource allocation of institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number189
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Chronic psychiatric patients
  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Efficiency evaluation
  • Rehabilitation

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