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Population-Based Simulation for Public Health: Generic Software Infrastructure and Its Application to Osteoporosis


Audrey Durand, Christian Gagné, Léon Nshimyumukiza, Mathieu Gagnon, François Rousseau, Yves Giguère and Daniel Reinharz

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Abstract - Policy-making in public health has great socio-economical consequences and must be done using the best available knowledge on the possible options. These processes are often too complex to be evaluated through analytical methods, such that computer simulations are often the best way to produce quantitative evaluations of their performances. For that purpose, we are proposing a complete software infrastructure for the simulation of public health processes. This software stack includes a generic population-based simulator called SCHNAPS, which has a modern object-oriented software architecture, and is completely con figured through XML files. These con figuration fi les can themselves be produced by a graphical user interface that allows modelling of public health simulation by non-programmers. This software infrastructure has been illustrated with the real-life case-study of osteoporosis prevention in adult women populations. This example, which is of great interest for Quebec health decision makers, provides insightful results for comparing several prevention strategies on a realistic population.

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Bibtex:

@article{Durand945,
    author    = { Audrey Durand and Christian Gagné and Léon Nshimyumukiza and Mathieu Gagnon and François Rousseau and Yves Giguère and Daniel Reinharz },
    title     = { Population-Based Simulation for Public Health: Generic Software Infrastructure and Its Application to Osteoporosis },
    volume    = { 42 },
    number    = { 6 },
    pages     = { 1396-1409 },
    year      = { 2012 },
    journal   = { IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans },
    web       = { http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TSMCA.2012.2210210 }
}

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