Generating Patient Specific Explanations in Migraine

G. Carenini, V. O. Mittal, Johanna Moore

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Abstract / Description of output

Patient compliance is a significant problem and is strongly correlated with the patients’ understanding of their condition and prescribed treatment. Since doctors typically do not have large amounts of time to educate patients, and impersonal, voluminous patient handouts are largely ineffective, we propose the
use of a sophisticated computer-based information system to generate tailored, interactive handouts to communicate with patients. Our system uses text planning and user modeling techniques to generate natural language descriptions of migraine, its symptoms, triggering factors and prescriptions. The system is capable of handling follow-up questions requesting further information, and generating responses in the context of previously supplied information – a capability unavailable in previous patient information systems. The system tailors its interaction to: (i) the class of migraine patients, (ii) the individual patient, and (iii) the previous dialogue. Preliminary evaluation of the system indicates that patients find it useful and informative. More extensive evaluation is in progress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. of the Fourth International Conference on User Modeling
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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