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VirSim - a Model to Support Pandemic Policy Making
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2010 (English)In: PLoS Currents, ISSN 2157-3999, Vol. 2, no RRN1181Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A simulation model called VirSim was developed to aid policy making in Sweden. The model simulates the spread of pandemic influenza, using real population data on a national and regional level. Swedish authorities wanted a model that was both quick to run and to implement as a complement to the existing model MicroSim. The possibility to interactively investigate the effect of varying different assumptions was an important aspect. The VirSim model proved useful for comparing different interventions strategies, and for forecasting the societal burden in terms of hospitalization and workplace absenteeism. This paper points out the usefulness of System Dynamics models in public policy making, as a complement to more detailed and time-consuming models.

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2010. Vol. 2, no RRN1181
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Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52053DOI: 10.1371/currents.RRN1181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-52053DiVA: diva2:386533
Available from: 2011-01-12 Created: 2011-01-12 Last updated: 2011-01-17Bibliographically approved

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