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

Shahbandarzadeh, Hamid; Ghorbanpour, Ahmad
October 2011
Iranian Journal of Management Studies;2011, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p5
Academic Journal
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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