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Developing Agent-Based Models of Complex Health Behaviour

Badham, Jennifer, Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Gilbert, Nigel, Chalabi, Zaid, Kee, Frank and Hunter, Ruth F (2018) Developing Agent-Based Models of Complex Health Behaviour Health and Place, 54. pp. 170-177.

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Managing non-communicable diseases requires policy makers to adopt a whole systems perspective that adequately represents the complex causal architecture of human behaviour. Agent-based modelling is a computational method to un- derstand the behaviour of complex systems by simulating the actions of entities within the system, including the way these individuals in uence and are in u- enced by their physical and social environment. The potential benefits of this method have led to several calls for greater use in public health research. We discuss three challenges facing potential modellers: model specification, obtain- ing required data, and developing good practices. We also present steps to assist researchers to meet these challenges and implement their agent-based model.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Badham, Jennifer
Chattoe-Brown, Edmund
Chalabi, Zaid
Kee, Frank
Hunter, Ruth F
Date : 2 October 2018
Funders : Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Uncontrolled Keywords : agent-based modelling, health behaviour, complex systems, spatial modelling, modelling non-communicable diseases
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 04 Sep 2018 12:06
Last Modified : 11 Dec 2018 11:24

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