Nine challenges in incorporating the dynamics of behaviour in infectious diseases models.


Funk, S; Bansal, S; Bauch, CT; Eames, KT; Edmunds, WJ; Galvani, AP; Klepac, P; (2014) Nine challenges in incorporating the dynamics of behaviour in infectious diseases models. Epidemics, 10. pp. 21-5. ISSN 1755-4365 DOI: 10.1016/j.epidem.2014.09.005

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Abstract

Traditionally, the spread of infectious diseases in human populations has been modelled with static parameters. These parameters, however, can change when individuals change their behaviour. If these changes are themselves influenced by the disease dynamics, there is scope for mechanistic models of behaviour to improve our understanding of this interaction. Here, we present challenges in modelling changes in behaviour relating to disease dynamics, specifically: how to incorporate behavioural changes in models of infectious disease dynamics, how to inform measurement of relevant behaviour to parameterise such models, and how to determine the impact of behavioural changes on observed disease dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
PubMed ID: 25843377
Web of Science ID: 352226900006
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2145779

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