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dc.contributor.authorKauchak, David*
dc.contributor.authorLeroy, Gondy*
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-03T03:47:26Z
dc.date.available2016-11-03T03:47:26Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationKauchak, David, and Gondy Leroy. "Moving Beyond Readability Metrics for Health-Related Text Simplification." IT Professional 18, no. 3 (2016): 45-51.en
dc.identifier.issn1520-9202
dc.identifier.doi10.1109/MITP.2016.50
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/621254
dc.description.abstractLimited health literacy is a barrier to understanding health information. Simplifying text can reduce this barrier and possibly other known disparities in health. Unfortunately, few tools exist to simplify text with demonstrated impact on comprehension. By leveraging modern data sources integrated with natural language processing algorithms, we are developing the first semi-automated text simplification tool. We present two main contributions. First, we introduce our evidence-based development strategy for designing effective text simplification software and summarize initial, promising results. Second, we present a new study examining existing readability formulas, which are the most commonly used tools for text simplification in healthcare. We compare syllable count, the proxy for word difficulty used by most readability formulas, with our new metric 'term familiarity' and find that syllable count measures how difficult words 'appear' to be, but not their actual difficulty. In contrast, term familiarity can be used to measure actual difficulty.
dc.description.sponsorshipResearch reported in this publication was supported by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01LM011975.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIEEE COMPUTER SOCen
dc.rights© 2016 IEEEen
dc.subjectconsumer health informationen
dc.subjecttext readabilityen
dc.subjecttext simplificationen
dc.subjecthealth literacyen
dc.subjectreadability formulasen
dc.titleMoving Beyond Readability Metrics for Health-Related Text Simplificationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniv Arizona, Eller Coll Management, Management Informat Systen
dc.identifier.journalIT PROFESSIONALen
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dc.eprint.versionFinal accepted manuscripten
refterms.dateFOA2018-04-26T14:35:13Z


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