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Loading References via txt

Postby Ruben.Chaves » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:58 pm

I received my query results in a word file that I am trying to convert to txt.
The upload procress is not uploading all the results and for the 3 or 4 that are being uploaded not all the information is in the correct file. The PubMed query seems to be quite complicated (more than 20 steps) so I wonder if there is a way to format the results to make them readable from Distiller
The format of the content of the file with search results is as follows (it has approx 60 results in total):
Quality of life evolution in elderly survivors with localized breast cancer treated with radiotherapy over a three-year follow-up.
Breast. 41:74-81, 2018 Oct.
Arraras JI; Manterola A; Illarramendi JJ; Asin G; de la Cruz S; Ibanez B; Galbete A; Salgado E; Zarandona U; Vera R; Dominguez MA; Martinez E.
PURPOSE: This paper studies the Quality of Life (QL) of elderly early-stage breast cancer survivors. The aims are to compare the QL scores of these patients after follow-up with their scores before the start of radiotherapy (RT) and compare QL among different axillary treatment groups.

METHODS: Of 173 patients over 65 who began treatment and completed the EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-BR23 and the Interview for Deterioration in Daily Living Activities in Dementia (IDDD) before RT, 138 also completed these questionnaires three years after RT. Longitudinal changes in QL were assessed for the whole sample using linear mixed-effect models. Also assessed were differences in QL scores between axillary treatment groups (axillary node dissection ALND, sentinel lymph node biopsy SLNB, and no surgery) at the end of the follow-up (Anova or Kruskal-Wallis) and differences in the evolution of QL from baseline among these groups (linear regression models).

RESULTS: QL scores in the follow-up were high (>70/100 points) in most QL areas, with moderate limitations (>30) in sexual functioning and enjoyment. Five areas (pain, nausea/vomiting, financial impact, breast symptoms and IDDD) improved significantly (<6 points) in the follow-up. The ALND group scored less for the future perspective item (15-20 points) in the follow-up than the other two axillary treatment groups. No differences between the pre-treatment and follow up assessments regarding treatment were found among the axillary treatment groups.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that early-stage breast cancer patients adapted well both to their disease and treatments over the follow-up period and to the administration of RT. There were few QL differences between the axillary treatment groups.

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Re: Loading References via txt

Postby Daniel_Osei » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:55 pm

Hello Ruben,

To upload your search results in a text format, there are couple of things you need to consider. You will need to make sure the content of your text file should follow the format below;
Reference Id: [Numeric Id]
Title: [Text]
Author: [Text]
Abstract: [Text]

Looking at your search results, where there could be an issue is that you do have Purpose, Methods, Results and Conclusion tags aside the Abstracts which will be created by Distiller. You can download a sample of how your text file should look like in Distiller > References > Load References> From File and scroll to the bottom > Example.

In Distiller, you can also upload references in CSV, RIS and .enlx file formats. In this case, what you can also do is to recreate the results of your reference search results in Excel with all the tag fields as headers (Title, Author, Abstract, refID, etc.), then, save it as a .CSV file (File type: CSV Comma delimited (*csv)), and you can upload the file into Distiller.

I hope this helps. Please do reach out if you have further questions.

Daniel, Evidence Partners Support

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