While research has established that social determinants of health (SDoH) play a major role in outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS, most mathematical models fail to account for them in a meaningful capacity. In a newly published article in Nature, authors describe the development and application of a mathematical model that incorporates SDoH into its analysis.
According to , “Although there are many types of models available in the literature on HIV and different statistical and mathematical approaches, this work has its differential in terms of the proposition and development of a mathematical model of the compartmental and inclusion of social determinants. The presentation of each differential equation with the approach and way in which each determinant interacts with the other attributes of the model is the main contribution of the manuscript. The literature lacks this type of modeling, with studies with similar approaches, but focusing on another health problem, as COVID-19. This article aims to propose a theoretical and conceptual compartmental model for the inclusion of social determinants of health in the structure of the mathematical models for HIV/AIDS.”
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(Source: Nature, November 29th, 2022)