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Ontology-Aware Clinical Abstractive Summarization

bibtex pdf arxiv slides poster doi: 10.1145/3331184.3331319 short conference paper to appear

Authors: Sean MacAvaney*, Sajad Sotudeh Gharebagh*, Arman Cohan, Nazli Goharian, Ish Talati, Ross Filice

* equal contribution

Appearing in: SIGIR 2019


Automating the generation of an accurate summary from clinical reports is crucial in saving clinician's time, improving accuracy, and mitigating potential errors. To this end, we propose a sequence-to-sequence abstractive summarization model augmented with domain-specific ontological information to enhance content selection and summary generation. We apply our method to a dataset of radiology reports and show that it significantly outperforms the current state-of-the-art on this task in terms of ROUGE scores. Extensive human evaluation conducted by a radiologist further indicates that this approach yields summaries that are less likely to omit important details, without sacrificing readability or accuracy.

BibTeX @InProceedings{macavaney:sigir2019-radsum, author = {MacAvaney, Sean and Sotudeh Gharebagh, Sajad and Cohan, Arman and Goharian, Nazli and Talati, Ish and Filice, Ross}, title = {Ontology-Aware Clinical Abstractive Summarization}, booktitle = {SIGIR 2019}, year = {2019}, url = {https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.05818}, doi = {10.1145/3331184.3331319} }