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Decision Analysis for Healthcare Managers
Farrokh Alemi, PhD
David H. Gustafson, PhD

Chapter 13: Rapid Anaylsis
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Google Scholar list of recent publications that cite Behn, R. D., and J. W. Vaupel. 1982. Quick Analysis for Busy Decision Makers. New York: Basic Books.
Additional Readings
Carboneau, C. E. 1999. “Achieving Faster Quality Improvement Through the 24-Hour Team.” Journal of Healthcare Quality 21 (4): 4–10; quiz 10, 56. Frustration with the slow pace of improvement projects has led to a number of innovations to speed up the improvement process. In this article, the author describes a 24-hour approach to improvement, which usually takes several months to complete.
Hellwig, S. D., L. Piper, and E. Naylor E. 2002. “Forty Hours Under Pressure: A Rapid-Response Improvement Team Achieves Synergy.” Journal of Healthcare Quality 24 (3): 21–3, 35. This study accomplishes the improvement goals in just one week.
Marcin, J.P., M. M. Pollack, K. M. Patel, and U. E. Ruttimann. 2000. “Combining Physician's Subjective and Physiology-Based Objective Mortality Risk Predictions.” Critical Care Medicine 28 (8): 2984–90. This study is an example of how subjective and objective data may be combined. It shows that the combined model was more accurate than either the subjective or the objective model.
O'Malley, S. 1997. “Total Quality Now! Putting QI on the Fast Track.” Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders 9 (11) :2–10. O’Malley lists ten criteria for speeding up improvement efforts.
Panzer, R. J., D. N. Tuttle, and R. M. Kolker. 1995. “Fast Track: Cost Reduction and Improvement.” Quality Management in Healthcare 6 (1):75–83. The authors of this study also tried to speed up improvement efforts.
Peiro, R., C. Alvarez-Dardet, A. Plasencia, C. Borrell, C. Colomer, C. Moya, M. I. Pasarin, and E. Zafra. 2002. “Rapid Appraisal Methodology for ‘Health for All' Policy Formulation Analysis.” Health Policy 62 (3): 309–28. This article is an example of how policy analysis can be done faster by (1) reducing the data collected and (2) using subjective opinions.
Roos, L. L., V. Menec, and R. J. Currie. 2004. “Policy Analysis in an Information-Rich Environment.” Social Science and Medicine 58 (11): 2231–41. In Manitoba Canada, policymakers used well-organized data to conduct rapid response to policy analysis requests.