A web-based medical text simplification tool

David Kauchak, Gondy Leroy

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Abstract

With the increasing demand for improved health literacy, better tools are needed to produce personalized health information efficiently that is readable and understandable by the patient. In this paper, we introduce a web-based text simplification tool that helps content-producers simplify existing text materials to make them more broadly accessible. The tool uses features that provide concrete suggestions and all features have been shown individually to improve the understandability of text in previous research. We provide an overview of the tool along with a quantitative analysis of the impact on medical texts. On a medical corpus, the tool provides good coverage with suggestions on over a third of the words and over a third of the sentences. These suggestions are over 40% accurate, though the accuracy varies by text source.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 53rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2020
EditorsTung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages3749-3757
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133133
StatePublished - 2020
Event53rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2020 - Maui, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2020Jan 10 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2020-January
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference53rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui
Period1/7/201/10/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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