Sustainable network advantages: A game theoretic approach to community-based health care coalitions

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  • Health care organizations often enter into a cooperative arrangement to create safety-net programs and coordinate care. Maintaining effective cooperation in such alliances poses special problems that can be examined using network analysis and explained in game theory terms. A mental health coalition case study is presented using network analysis and game theory interpretations. Had a positive-sum game approach been applied to the coalition's initial design, its subsequent suboptimal performance might have been averted. The application of network analysis plus a game theoretic paradigm has significant implications for improving both the design and the coordination of such coalitions.
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  • Ford EW; Wells R; Bailey B
  • Start Page

  • 159
  • End Page

  • 169
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 2