Thien M. Nguyen

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To improve methods of estimating use of evidence-based psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in the Veteran's health administration, we evaluated administrative data and note text for patients newly enrolling in six VHA outpatient PTSD clinics in New England during the 2010 fiscal year (n = 1,924). Using natural language processing, we developed(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite at least 40 years of promising empirical performance, very few clinical natural language processing (NLP) or information extraction systems currently contribute to medical science or care. The authors address this gap by reducing the need for custom software and rules development with a graphical user interface-driven, highly generalizable(More)
Two hundred and sixty married women seeking induced abortion service in Hanoi, Vietnam were interviewed to determine the magnitude of repeat induced abortion and explore selected characteristics of the repeat aborters. Seventy-one percent of the sample reported having had at least one previous induced abortion. After adjustment for age and number of living(More)
Reducing custom software development effort is an important goal in information retrieval (IR). This study evaluated a generalizable approach involving with no custom software or rules development. The study used documents "consistent with cancer" to evaluate system performance in the domains of colorectal (CRC), prostate (PC), and lung (LC) cancer. Using(More)
Information retrieval algorithms based on natural language processing (NLP) of the free text of medical records have been used to find documents of interest from databases. Homelessness is a high priority non-medical diagnosis that is noted in electronic medical records of Veterans in Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. Using a human-reviewed reference(More)
Open source natural language processing (NLP) frameworks have made it easier for NLP developers and researchers to develop more reusable and modular components and to capitalize on the work of others. With the Automated Retrieval Console (ARC) we attempt to build upon this foundation by streamlining the many processes surrounding the development,(More)
BACKGROUND Differentiating surveillance from non-surveillance colonoscopy for colorectal cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) using electronic medical records (EMR) is important for practice improvement and research purposes, but diagnosis code algorithms are lacking. The automated retrieval console (ARC) is natural language processing(More)
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