ASCOT: A text mining-based web-service for efficient search and assisted creation of clinical trials

Ioannis Korkontzelos, Tingting Mu, Sophia Ananiadou

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Abstract

Clinical trials are mandatory protocols describing medical research on humans and among the most valuable sources of medical practice evidence. Searching for trials relevant to some query is laborious due to the immense number of existing protocols. Apart from search, writing new trials includes composing detailed eligibility criteria, which might be time-consuming, especially for new researchers. In this paper we present ASCOT, an efficient search application customised for clinical trials. ASCOT uses text mining and data mining methods to enrich clinical trials with metadata, that in turn serve as effective tools to narrow down search. In addition, ASCOT integrates a component for recommending eligibility criteria based on a set of selected protocols. © 2012 Korkontzelos et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberS3
JournalBMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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