Prioritization of Medical Combat Deficiencies: Application of the Iterative Decision Method
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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The objectives of this research were to develop and apply systematic and reliable procedures for the prioritization of lists of medical combat service support deficiencies as a part of the mission area analysis program. Two 7-member panels of Army Medical Department experts were employed to prioritize over 60 specific deficiencies within 8 major areas. Panels were made up of the AHS Force Integration Committee and an AMEDD General Officer Board. Decision making was accomplished with the Iterative Decision Method, a group productivity technique designed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of decision making by an expert board of 5 or 7 members. Levels of prediction, reliability, item dispersion, and patterns of item priorities between expert panels were found to be highly similar. Final priorities between expert panels were found to be highly similar. Final priorities for major areas included 1 Casualty Care and Treatment, 2 Casualty Prevention, 3 Medical Resources, 4 Evacuation, 5 Chemical Warfare, 6 Command Control, 7 Biological, and 8 Nuclear areas.
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