Pantea Habibi


A Quantitative Analysis of Patients’ Narratives of Heart Failure
Sabita Acharya | Barbara Di Eugenio | Andrew Boyd | Richard Cameron | Karen Dunn Lopez | Pamela Martyn-Nemeth | Debaleena Chattopadhyay | Pantea Habibi | Carolyn Dickens | Haleh Vatani | Amer Ardati
Proceedings of the 20th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

Patients with chronic conditions like heart failure are the most likely to be re-hospitalized. One step towards avoiding re-hospitalization is to devise strategies for motivating patients to take care of their own health. In this paper, we perform a quantitative analysis of patients’ narratives of their experience with heart failure and explore the different topics that patients talk about. We compare two different groups of patients- those unable to take charge of their illness, and those who make efforts to improve their health. We will use the findings from our analysis to refine and personalize the summaries of hospitalizations that our system automatically generates.