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Dynamic generation of a Health Topics Overview from consumer health information documents

Miller T, Leroy G ...see all

International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, vol. 1, issue 4 (2008) pp. 395-414

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Abstract

Online health information use is increasing, but can be too difficult for consumers. We created a system that dynamically generates a health topics overview for consumer health web pages that organises the information into four consumer-preferred categories while displaying topic prevalence through visualisation. It accesses both a consumer health vocabulary and the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). We evaluated its ability by calculating precision, recall, and F-score for phrase extraction and categorisation. We tested pages from three different consumer web sites. Overall, precision is 82%, recall is 75%, and F-score is 78%, and precision between sites did not significantly differ.

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Authors

  • Trudi Miller

  • Gondy Leroy

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