ProjectsAutomatically mapping and assessing inequalities in public health research
Automatically mapping and assessing inequalities in public health research

Finding Accessible Inequalities Research in Public Health (the FAIR Database)

This work has been developing methods to apply machine learning and Natural Language Processing approaches to support the review, assessment, evaluation and summarisation of large volumes of public health research to support decision making. We have developed and applied automatic methods for identifying information about inequalities, study types and common themes mentioned within large volumes of public health research. The output of these techniques are available through an online tool (below) containing a continuously updated repository of public health research. Users are also be able to upload their own data for processing and download results through EPPI-Reviewer.

The key research question we addressed is:

Can text mining be used to maintain a ‘living’ database of public health research, including information about topics, methods and inequalities?

We addressed this research question by developing a ‘living’ database of public health research in collaboration with public health decision-makers, researchers, and patients and the public. The database is populated by identifying public health records from the >210 million records in OpenAlex and will be a ‘living’ database, as it will be updated regularly with newly published research.

While the initial NIHR project is officially complete now, we are continuing to develop the technology, and will update the tool periodically.

Version 1 (beta) of the database is available here.

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This study/project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research Programme (NIHR133603). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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