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Using natural language processing and VetCompass to understand antimicrobial usage patterns in Australia

B Hur, LY Hardefeldt, K Verspoor, T Baldwin, JR Gilkerson

Australian Veterinary Journal | Wiley | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background Currently there is an incomplete understanding of antimicrobial usage patterns in veterinary clinics in Australia, but such knowledge is critical for the successful implementation and monitoring of antimicrobial stewardship programs. Methods VetCompass Australia collects medical records from 181 clinics in Australia (as of May 2018). These records contain detailed information from individual consultations regarding the medications dispensed. One unique aspect of VetCompass Australia is its focus on applying natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning techniques to analyse the records, similar to efforts conducted in other medical studies. Results The free text fields ..

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