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The Filter Cart provides a powerful way to query and access data for which you may be interested.  

A few points related to the filter cart are important to understand with the NDA Query/Filter implementation: 

First, the filter cart is populated asyncronously.  So, when you run a query, it may take a moment to populate but this will happen in the background so you can define other queries during this time.  

When you are adding your first filter, all data associated with your query will be added to the filter cart (whether it be a collection, a concept, a study, a data structure/elment or subjects). Not all data structures or collections will necessarily be displayed.  For example, if you select the NDA imaging structure image03, and further restrict that query to scan_type fMRI, only fMRI images will appear and only the image03 structure will be shown.  To see other data structures, select "Find All Subject Data" which will query all data for those subjects. When a secord or third filter is applied, an AND condition is used.  A subject must exist in all filters.  If the subject does not appear in any one filter, that subjects data will not be included in your filter cart. If that happens, clear your filter cart, and start over.  

It is best to package more data than you need and access those data using other tools, independent of the NDA (e.g. miNDAR snapshot), to limit the data selected.  If you have any questions on data access, are interested in using avaialble web services, or need help accessing data, please contact us for assistance.  

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Element NameData TypeSizeRequiredDescriptionValue RangeNotesAliases
subjectkeyGUIDRequiredThe NDAR Global Unique Identifier (GUID) for research subjectNDAR*
src_subject_idString20RequiredSubject ID how it's defined in lab/projectrandid
interview_ageIntegerRequiredAge in months at the time of the interview/test/sampling/imaging.0 :: 1260Age is rounded to chronological month. If the research participant is 15-days-old at time of interview, the appropriate value would be 0 months. If the participant is 16-days-old, the value would be 1 month.
interview_dateDateRequiredDate on which the interview/genetic test/sampling/imaging/biospecimen was completed. MM/DD/YYYYRequired field
sexString20RequiredSex of the subjectM;FM = Male; F = Femalegender
medication_nameString255RecommendedName of medicationmedication_name_scan1, medication_name_scan2, prior_medname
q21_7jIntegerRecommendedAntidepressants0; 10=No; 1=Yesantidepressants_scan1, antidepressants_scan2
antipsychoticsIntegerRecommendedAntipsychotics1;0;99;-9991= Yes ; 0= No ; 99= D/K ; -999= Missingantipsychotics_scan1, antipsychotics_scan2
q21_7kIntegerRecommendedMood stabilizers0; 10 = No; 1 = Yesmood_stabilizers_scan1, mood_stabilizers_scan2
sedativesIntegerRecommendedSedatives0;10=No; 1=Yessedatives_scan1, sedatives_scan2
bcpIntegerRecommendedOral Birth Control Pill0;10=No; 1=Yesbcp_scan1, bcp_scan2
menstrualcycleIntegerRecommendedCurrent Menstrual Cycle0;10=No; 1=Yes
lastcycleIntegerRecommendedDays from start of last menstrual cycle to MRI scan day
cyclelengthIntegerRecommendedDays in between cycles (start of period to start of next month's period)
breakfast_caloriesFloatRecommendedkcal consummed 1 hour prior to fMRI scanbreakfast_calories_scan1, breakfast_calories_scan2
prior_startIntegerRecommendedDays from Visit 1 medication started
prior_stopIntegerRecommendedDays from Visit 1 medication stopped
prior_codeIntegerRecommendedMedication code1=aripiprazole; 2=olanzapine; 3=quetiapine; 4=risperidone; 5=ziprasidone; 6=paliperidone; 7=asenapine; 8=iloperidone; 9=clozapine; 10=chlorpromazine; 11=fluphenazine; 12=haloperidol; 13=perphenazine; 14=prochlorperazine; 15=promethazine; 16=thiothixene; 17=trifluoperazine; 18=loxapine; 19=thioridazine; 20=risperidone microspheres injection; 21=fluphenazine decanoate; 22=haloperidol decanoate; 30=amitriptyline; 31=bupropion; 32=citalopram; 33=desvenlafaxine; 34=doxepin; 35=duloxetine; 36=escitalopram oxalate; 37=fluoxetine; 38=fluvoxamine; 39=mirtazapine; 40=nortriptyline; 41=paroxetine; 42=sertraline; 43=trazodone; 44=venlafaxine; 50=anxiolytic/hypnotic medication; 70=mood stabilizer medication; 90=psychostimulant or non-stimulant add medication; 100=antiparkinsonian benztropine mesylate; 101=other antiparkinsonian medications; 110=propranolol; 120=anti-hyperprolactinemia medication; 130=medications to treat erectile dysfunction; 140=antihypertensive medication; 150=cardiovascular medication; 160= diabetes medication; 170=cholesterol medication; 180=addiction medication; 190=prescription pain medication; 200=other non-psychiatric prescription medication; 210=other supplements and vitamins; 220=´┐Żover the counter´┐Ż medication
medication_dosageFloatRecommendedDosage/quantity of medicationprior_dose
iudIntegerRecommendedUse of IUD0;10=No;1=Yesiud_scan1, iud_scan2
ca232IntegerRecommendedCurrent condition - Treatment: Anxiolytics0;10=No; 1=Yesanxiolytics_scan1, anxiolytics_scan2
dd4aIntegerRecommendedStimulants1;21 = Yes; 2 = Nostimulants_scan1, stimulants_scan2
ssq2kIntegerRecommendedAny other med0;10 = No; 1 = Yesother_scan1, other_scan2
trialIntegerRecommendedTrial number0::400; -777; -9991 = first; 2= second; 3=third; 4=fourth; 5=fifth; 6=sixth; etc; -777=NA, -999=missing
Data Structure

This page displays the data structure defined for the measure identified in the title and structure short name. The table below displays a list of data elements in this structure (also called variables) and the following information:

  • Element Name: This is the standard element name
  • Data Type: Which type of data this element is, e.g. String, Float, File location.
  • Size: If applicable, the character limit of this element
  • Required: This column displays whether the element is Required for valid submissions, Recommended for valid submissions, Conditional on other elements, or Optional
  • Description: A basic description
  • Value Range: Which values can appear validly in this element (case sensitive for strings)
  • Notes: Expanded description or notes on coding of values
  • Aliases: A list of currently supported Aliases (alternate element names)
  • For valid elements with shared data, on the far left is a Filter button you can use to view a summary of shared data for that element and apply a query filter to your Cart based on selected value ranges

At the top of this page you can also:

  • Use the search bar to filter the elements displayed. This will not filter on the Size of Required columns
  • Download a copy of this definition in CSV format
  • Download a blank CSV submission template prepopulated with the correct structure header rows ready to fill with subject records and upload

Please email the The NDA Help Desk with any questions.

Distribution for DataStructure: medhi01 and Element:
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Filters enable researchers to view the data shared in NDA before applying for access or for selecting specific data for download or NDA Study assignment. For those with access to NDA shared data, you may select specific values to be included by selecting an individual bar chart item or by selecting a range of values (e.g. interview_age) using the "Add Range" button. Note that not all elements have appropriately distinct values like comments and subjectkey and are not available for filtering. Additionally, item level detail is not always provided by the research community as indicated by the number of null values given.

Filters for multiple data elements within a structure are supported. Selections across multiple data structures will be supported in a future version of NDA.