Automatic classification of diseases from free-text death certificates for real-time surveillance

  title={Automatic classification of diseases from free-text death certificates for real-time surveillance},
  author={Bevan Koopman and Sarvnaz Karimi and Anthony N. Nguyen and Rhydwyn McGuire and David Muscatello and Madonna Kemp and Donna Truran and Ming Zhang and Sarah Thackway},
  booktitle={BMC Med. Inf. & Decision Making},
BACKGROUND Death certificates provide an invaluable source for mortality statistics which can be used for surveillance and early warnings of increases in disease activity and to support the development and monitoring of prevention or response strategies. However, their value can be realised only if accurate, quantitative data can be extracted from death certificates, an aim hampered by both the volume and variable nature of certificates written in natural language. This study aims to develop a… CONTINUE READING
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