Paper Plain: Making Medical Research Papers Approachable to Healthcare Consumers with Natural Language Processing

  title={Paper Plain: Making Medical Research Papers Approachable to Healthcare Consumers with Natural Language Processing},
  author={Tal August and Lucy Lu Wang and Jonathan Bragg and Marti A. Hearst and Andrew Head and Kyle Lo},
When seeking information not covered in patient-friendly documents, like medical pamphlets, healthcare consumers may turn to the research literature. Reading medical papers, however, can be a challenging experience. To improve access to medical papers, we introduce a novel interactive interface—Paper Plain1—with four features powered by natural language processing: definitions of unfamiliar terms, in-situ plain language section summaries, a collection of key questions that guide readers to… 



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