Badham, Jennifer and Chattoe-Brown, Edmund and Gilbert, Nigel and Chalabi, Zaid and Kee, Frank and Hunter, Ruth F. (2018) 'Developing agent-based models of complex health behaviour.', Health & Place, 54 . pp. 170-177.
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 understand the behaviour of complex systems by simulating the actions of entities within the system, including the way these individuals influence and are influenced 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, obtaining required data, and developing good practices. We also present steps to assist researchers to meet these challenges and implement their agent-based model.
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.08.022|
|Publisher statement:||© 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/)|
|Date accepted:||29 August 2018|
|Date deposited:||29 September 2021|
|Date of first online publication:||02 October 2018|
|Date first made open access:||29 September 2021|
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