ClinicalRisk: A New Therapy-related Clinical Trial Dataset for Predicting Trial Status and Failure Reasons

Junyu Luo, Zhi Qiao, Lucas Glass, Cao Xiao, Fenglong Ma

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Clinical trials aim to study new tests and evaluate their effects on human health outcomes, which has a huge market size. However, carrying out clinical trials is expensive and time-consuming and often ends in no results. It will revolutionize clinical practice if we can develop an effective model to automatically estimate the status of a clinical trial and find out possible failure reasons. However, it is challenging to develop such a model because of the lack of a benchmark dataset. To address these challenges, in this paper, we first build a new dataset by extracting the publicly available clinical trial reports from The associated status of each report is treated as the status label. To analyze the failure reasons, domain experts help us manually annotate each failed report based on the description associated with it. More importantly, we examine several state-of-the-art text classification baselines on this task and find out that the unique format of the clinical trial protocols plays an essential role in affecting prediction accuracy, demonstrating the need for specially designed clinical trial classification models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCIKM 2023 - Proceedings of the 32nd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9798400701245
StatePublished - Oct 21 2023
Event32nd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2023 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: Oct 21 2023Oct 25 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Proceedings


Conference32nd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Decision Sciences

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