Patient Empowerment through Summarization of Discussion Threads on Treatments in a Patient Self-Help Forum

Universität Ulm

Presentation at the International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics Thessaloniki, Greece, 18-21 November 2017;

Rüdiger Pryss, Thessaloniki, Griechenland, 21 November 2017, 10:45 AM

Self-help patient fora are widely used for information acquisition and exchange of experiences, e.g., on the effects of medical treatments for a disease. However, a new patient may have difficulties in getting a fast overview of the information inside a large forum. We propose TinnitusTreatmentMonitor, a prototype tool for the summarization and sentiment characterization of postings on medical treatments. We report on applying TinnitusTreatmentMonitor on the platform TinnitusTalk1, a self-help platform for tinnitus patients.