Shoni Colquist

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OBJECTIVE To classify automatically lung tumor-node-metastases (TNM) cancer stages from free-text pathology reports using symbolic rule-based classification. DESIGN By exploiting report substructure and the symbolic manipulation of systematized nomenclature of medicine-clinical terms (SNOMED CT) concepts in reports, statements in free text can be(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a system for the automatic classification of pathology reports for Cancer Registry notifications. METHOD A two pass approach is proposed to classify whether pathology reports are cancer notifiable or not. The first pass queries pathology HL7 messages for known report types that are received by the Queensland Cancer Registry (QCR),(More)
PURPOSE To assess the effect of radiotherapy (RT) dose and volume on relapse patterns in patients with Stage I-III Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS This was a retrospective analysis of 112 patients diagnosed with MCC between January 2000 and December 2005 and treated with curative-intent RT. RESULTS Of the 112 evaluable patients, 88%(More)
Effective cancer care depends on inter-sectoral and inter-professional communication. General Practitioners (GPs) play a pivotal role in managing the health of most Australians, but their role in cancer care is unclear. This qualitative study explored GPs' views of this role and factors influencing their engagement with cancer care. Twelve metropolitan and(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a system for the automatic classification of Cancer Registry notifications data from free-text pathology reports. METHOD The underlying technology used for the extraction of cancer notification items is based on the symbolic rule-based classification methodology, whereby formal semantics are used to reason with the systematised(More)
BACKGROUND Insightful accounts of patient experience within a health care system can be valuable for facilitating improvements in service delivery. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to explore patients' perceptions and experiences regarding a tertiary hospital Diabetes and Endocrinology outpatient service for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus(More)
AIM To determine whether lung cancer radiation therapy waiting times in Queensland public hospitals are associated with distance of residence from the nearest treatment facility. METHODS Retrospective analysis of radiation therapy waiting times of 1535 Queensland residents who were diagnosed with lung cancer from 2000 to 2004 and received radiation(More)
Cancer Registries record cancer data by reading and interpreting pathology cancer specimen reports. For some Registries this can be a manual process, which is labour and time intensive and subject to errors. A system for automatic extraction of cancer data from HL7 electronic free-text pathology reports has been proposed to improve the workflow efficiency(More)
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