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Leveraging terminological resources for mapping between rare disease information sources.

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Rance B, Snyder M, Lewis J, Bodenreider O
Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:529-33.
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND

Rare disease information sources are incompletely and inconsistently cross-referenced to one another, making it difficult for information seekers to navigate across them. The development of such cross-references established manually by experts is generally labor intensive and costly.

OBJECTIVES

To develop an automatic mapping between two of the major rare diseases information sources, GARD and Orphanet, by leveraging terminological resources, especially the UMLS.

METHODS

We map the rare disease terms from Orphanet and ORDR to the UMLS. We use the UMLS as a pivot to bridge between the rare disease terminologies. We compare our results to a mapping obtained through manually established cross-references to OMIM.

RESULTS

Our mapping has a precision of 94%, a recall of 63% and an F1-score of 76%. Our automatic mapping should help facilitate the development of more complete and consistent cross-references between GARD and Orphanet, and is applicable to other rare disease information sources as well.

Rance B, Snyder M, Lewis J, Bodenreider O. Leveraging terminological resources for mapping between rare disease information sources. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:529-33.