Analysing clinical guidelines' contents with deontic and rhetorical structures

Gersende Georg, Hugo Hernault, Marc Cavazza, Helmut Prendinger, Mitsuru Ishizuka

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Abstract

The computerisation of clinical guidelines can greatly benefit from the automatic analysis of their content using Natural Language Processing techniques. Because of the central role played by specific deontic structures, known as recommendations, it is possible to tune the processing step towards the recognition of such expressions, which can be used to structure key sections of the document. In this paper, we extend previous work on the automatic identification of guidelines' recommendations, by showing how Rhetorical Structure Theory can be used to characterise the actual contents of elementary recommendations. The emphasis on causality and time in RST proves a powerful complement to the recognition of deontic structures and supports the identification of relevant knowledge, in particular for the identification of conditional structures, which play an important role for the subsequent analysis of recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages86-90
Number of pages5
Volume5651 LNAI
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event12th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, AIME 2009 - Verona
Duration: 2009 Jul 182009 Jul 22

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5651 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other12th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, AIME 2009
CityVerona
Period09/7/1809/7/22

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Keywords

  • Guidelines
  • Natural language processing
  • Rhetorical structure theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Georg, G., Hernault, H., Cavazza, M., Prendinger, H., & Ishizuka, M. (2009). Analysing clinical guidelines' contents with deontic and rhetorical structures. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 5651 LNAI, pp. 86-90). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 5651 LNAI). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02976-9_11