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STOP is a Natural Language Generation (NLG) system that generates short tailored smoking cessation letters, based on responses to a four-page smoking questionnaire. A clinical trial with 2553 smokers showed that STOP was not effective; that is, recipients of a non-tailored letter were as likely to stop smoking as recipients of a tailored letter. In this(More)
BACKGROUND The effects on morbidity were examined of providing an educational intervention and a written guided self-management plan to the parents of pre-school children following a recent attendance at hospital for asthma or wheeze. METHODS A prospective, randomised, partially blinded, controlled trial was designed at two secondary care centres. Over a(More)
This paper reports on pilot experiments that are being used, together with corpus analysis, in the development of a Natural Language Generation (NLG) system, GIRL (Generator for Individual Reading Levels). GIRL generates reports for individuals after a literacy assessment. We tested GIRL’s output on adult learner readers and good readers. Our aim was to(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a personalised computer supported education programme for asthma patients. DESIGN Pragmatic randomised trial comparing outcomes over 12 months between patients taking part in an enhanced education programme (four personalised booklets, sent by post) and patients receiving conventional oral education at outpatient or surgery visits.(More)
RATIONALE Outdoor air quality is associated with respiratory morbidity and mortality. Less is known of the relationship of indoor air quality to respiratory health of groups vulnerable to outdoor air, such as those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). OBJECTIVES To investigate among patients with COPD the association of health status with(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop and evaluate, in a primary care setting, a computerised system for generating tailored letters about smoking cessation. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial. SETTING Six general practices in Aberdeen, Scotland. PARTICIPANTS 2553 smokers aged 17 to 65. INTERVENTIONS All participants received a questionnaire asking about their(More)
BACKGROUND With increasing life expectancy, issues of fertility and pregnancy are pertinent to patients with cystic fibrosis. For this reason, the four Scottish Cystic Fibrosis centres asked men and women with cystic fibrosis about their attitudes to fertility and to information given to them by health professionals. METHODS A postal questionnaire was(More)
The stop system generates personalised smoking-cessation letters, using as input responses to a smoking questionnaire. Generating personalised patient-information material is an area of growing interest to the medical community, since for many people changing health-related behaviour is the most effective possible medical intervention. While previous ai(More)
An important part of building a natural-language generation (NLG) system is knowledge acquisition, that is deciding on the specific schemas, plans, grammar rules, and so forth that should be used in the NLG system. We discuss some experiments we have performed with KA for content-selection rules, in the context of building an NLG system which generates(More)