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Optimizing the fraction of expensive direct measurements in an exposure assessment study
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Economics. (Nationalekonomi)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0752-968X
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Economics. (Nationalekonomi)
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research, ISSN 1929-6029, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 44-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When designing studies to assess occupational and environmental exposures, one persistent decision problem is the selection between two technical methods, where one is expensive but efficient and the other is cheap but inefficient. While a few studies have attempted to determine the relatively more cost-efficient design between two technical methods, no successful study has optimized the fraction of the expensive efficient technical method in a combined technique intended for long-run exposure assessment studies. The purpose of this study was therefore to optimize the fraction of the expensive efficient measurements by resolving a precision-requiring cost minimization problem. For an indefinite total number of measurements, the total cost of a working posture assessment study was minimized by performing only direct measurements. However, for a definite total number of measurements, the use of combined techniques in assessing the posture could be optimal, depending on the constraints placed on the precision and on the research budget.

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2014. Vol. 3, no 1, p. 44-54
Keywords [en]
combined technique, cost function, productive efficiency, cost savings, marginal cost-benefit ratio, diseconomies of scale
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-12679DOI: 10.6000/1929-6029.2014.03.01.6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-12679DiVA, id: diva2:547235
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-08-27 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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