مدیریت اطلاعات سلامت (Apr 2021)
Evaluation of the Proficiency of Distinguished Countries in Managing COVID-19
Introduction: The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has become one of the important global challenges. According to World Health Organization (WHO), a long-term challenge is ahead. This study endeavored to investigate the performance of distinguished countries in the management of Covid-19 in two areas of disease control and treatment. Methods: This was a descriptive study using WHO and World Bank databases carried out in the distinguished countries (including Iran) for three months from April 1 to June 30, 2020. After determining the input and output variables, the two-stage data envelopment analysis model was selected to calculate the proficiency of the countries. Besides, they were classified into four groups based on their performance in outbreak control and medical treatment. Results: During the study period, China and Iceland had the most performance, while Indonesia had the least in both aspects. Besides, the results of using area chart showed that China, Iceland, and Luxembourg were the only countries in the first area in each of the three consecutive months, which represented the highest level of performance. Conclusion: By identifying the efficiency trend of the selected countries, actions and executive policies of the proficient countries can be good benchmarks for other countries to promote their performance.