Resource allocation criteria in a hospital

A. Bodina, A. Pavan, S. Castaldi

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Introduction. Allocate fixed resources among competing users is a challenge in terms of hospital management in order to obtain the best performance considering strategic objectives. In order to address this need, a system of evaluation in an important research and teaching hospital was designed. This study describes resource allocation criteria in a hospital focusing on the evaluation system and its developed application methodology. Methods. The indicator system allows the strategic management to rapidly detect the priorities in the evaluations of the Strategic, Organizational, Managerial, Economic, Research and Qualitative conditions of each unit. The chosen indicators are expressed with three numerical values, (1 indicating critical status, 2 acceptable conditions and 3 a good operational situation). Results and discussion. The adopted evaluation system considered different thematic areas: Strategic, Organizational, Managerial, Economic, Research and Qualitative. In order to define each area, 3 fields of evaluation have been chosen. The indicators have been structured according to a pyramid system allowing creating a single indicator for each area for each unit. Furthermore, a single indicator has been fixed in order to facilitate a first consideration on whether to carry out or not closer examinations of the most critical units. This manuscript describes an attempt to define objective criteria for the allocation of scarce resources in order to achieve the hospital's strategic objectives. The indicators identified allow to obtain an overall score for each unit, which allows the management to prioritize the needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E184-E189
JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Allocation
  • Hospital
  • Resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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