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Table 2 The input- and output-driven analyses of indicators for acute hospital care. The indicator values are provided (A) by the expert knowledge and estimated (B) by the SOMNet. The SOMNet estimations for the output-driven and new input-driven analysis of the indicator, W1 (the number of psychiatrists), are also provided. The values of the indicators are qualitatively categorised from low to high for their quantitative value range from minimum (min) to maximum (max) in the form of [min–max] using a 20% interval

From: Use of the self-organising map network (SOMNet) as a decision support system for regional mental health planning

Input indicator Analysis Output indicator
discharge (U1)
[0.41–5.88]
(A) 2.50
low-medium
length of stay (U2)
[11.89–34.23]
(A) 19.00
low-medium
re-admission (U3)
[0.00–36.88]
(A) 10.00
low-medium
Acute hospital care A1 [0.16–0.89]     
Availability (A) 0.35 input-driven (B) 2.59 (B) 17.74 (B) 10.75
low-medium  → low-medium low-medium low-medium
Acute hospital care P1 [7.13–26.68]     
Placement (A) 12.50 input-driven (B) 2.46 (B) 18.75 (B) 10.79
low-medium  → low-medium low-medium low-medium
Acute hospital care W1 [0.16–5.23]     
Psychiatrists (A) 3.00 input-driven (B) 2.75 (B) 24.00 (B) 8.39
medium  → medium medium low-medium
W1 (B) 1.94 output-driven (A) 2.50 (A) 19.00 (A) 10.00
low-medium low-medium low-medium low-medium
W1
(new)
(B) 1.94 input-driven (B) 2.42 (B) 19.30 (B) 10.93
low-medium low-medium low-medium low-medium
Acute hospital care W2 [0.33–10.55]     
Psychologist + nurses (A) 5.50 input-driven (B) 2.44 (B) 19.63 (B) 10.67
medium  → low-medium low-medium low-medium
Acute hospital care W3 [1.84–24.40]     
Total professionals (A) 14.00 input-driven (B) 2.44 (B) 19.63 (B) 10.67
medium  → low-medium low-medium low-medium