The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), a multicriteria decision support system that has been successfully applied to numerous decision-making situations, has been applied to patient assessment. The AHP was used with Timeslips™, a group storytelling program that encourages creative expression among dementia patients, to determine the optimal scale for pre and post assessment among the nine most common agitation and anxiety scales. The AHP used the six criteria identified by qualitative assessment of the nine scales: (1) validity/reliability, (2) observation period, (3) training required, (4) time to administer, (5) most appropriate administrator, and (6) accessibility/cost. The AHP indicated that the Overt Agitation & Anxiety Scale was optimal for use with Timeslips; the process and results are discussed.
The authors wish to thank Kelsey Schranze, St. Joseph’s University and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA for her commitment and dedication in preparing this manuscript.
The authors also wish to thank Jennifer Donohue, St. Joseph’s University, Interdisciplinary Health Services 2014 Summer Scholar, for her commitment and dedication in preparing this manuscript.
Sullivan, E.L., Sillup, G.P. and Klimberg, R.K. (2015), "Using the Analytical Hierarchical Process to Determine the Optimal Scale to Assess People with Dementia Pre and Post Timeslips Sessions", Applications of Management Science (Applications of Management Science, Vol. 17), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 127-147. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0276-897620140000017009
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