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Taxonomies in the strategic management of health technology: the case of multiperiod compartmental HIV/AIDS policy models

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This paper reflects on the role and potential of multidimensional taxonomies in the strategic management of health technology. A case in point is multiperiod compartmental modelling of the HIV/AIDS pandemic where our comprehensive taxonomy can be instrumental in the evaluation of current policy tools and the exploration of possible extensions. For this purpose, we first briefly point to sample taxonomies in selected areas with a special focus on HIV/AIDS. Then, we present a new matrix-based taxonomy that identifies and classifies the structure and parameters of policy-oriented multiperiod compartmental HIV/AIDS epidemic models by compartment characteristics, transition paths and kinds, infection mechanisms, mixing patterns, intervention strategies, epidemiological and health economic impact measures.

Keywords: management of health technology, strategic management, policy analysis, taxonomy, multiperiod compartmental epidemic models, HIV/AIDS

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