A conceptual framework for economic optimization of an animal health surveillance portfolio

X. Guo*, G.D.H. Claassen, A.G.J.M. Oude Lansink, H.W. Saatkamp

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Decision making on hazard surveillance in livestock product chains is a multi-hazard, multistakeholder, and multi-criteria process that includes a variety of decision alternatives. The multihazard aspect means that the allocation of the scarce resource for surveillance should be optimized from the point of view of a surveillance portfolio (SP) rather than a single hazard. In this paper, we present a novel conceptual approach for economic optimization of a SP to address the resource allocation problem for a surveillance organization from a theoretical perspective. This approach uses multi-criteria techniques to evaluate the performances of different settings of a SP, taking cost-benefit aspects of surveillance and stakeholders’ preferences into account. The credibility of the approach has also been checked for conceptual validity, data needs and
operational validity; the application potentials of the approach are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1084-1095
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Conceptual framework
  • economic analysis
  • hazard surveillance
  • surveillance portfolio optimization


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