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Name extraction SQL formula problem

Posted on 2008-06-19
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Need this formula to extract only the first name ignoring the middle initial and suffix.

The Patient Field lists the order of the names as such:

Doe, John M Jr
Doe, John M
Doe, John

The formula I have now hiccups on the first name extraction because of either the middle initial is NOT in the name or when the middle name has more than one word (eg: Doe, John Young Lee) I need just the first name EXCLUDING the middle initial (or full middle) in the output.

This is the existing formula:
First: Trim(Left(Trim(Replace([PATIENT],",","",InStr(1,[PATIENT],","))),InStr(1,Trim(Replace([PATIENT],",","",InStr(1,[PATIENT],",")))," ")-1))
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Question by:jaugermeister
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by:Flyster
ID: 21826084
See if this works for you:

Mid([Patient],InStr([Patient],",")+2,InStr([Patient]," "))

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by:Rey Obrero
ID: 21826377
try this


FirstName:Trim(Mid([PATIENT], InStr([PATIENT], ",") + 1, InStr(InStr([PATIENT], ",") + 2, [PATIENT], " ") - InStr([PATIENT], ",")))
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by:jaugermeister
ID: 21829650
Capricorn1, that formula errors out if the middle initial is missing.
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by:jaugermeister
ID: 21829657
Flyster, the formula is giving me the middle initial which is okay however if the persons name does not contain a middle initial the formula displays nothing in the field.
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by:jaugermeister
ID: 21829692
Flyster: this is a screen shot of the formula you provided.

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by:jaugermeister
ID: 21829696
Sorry forgot to add the picture
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by:jaugermeister
ID: 21829705
Capricorn1: This is a screen shot of the formula you provided.
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by:jaugermeister
ID: 21830286
is the way way you can use a IIF, THEN statement (the formula below) to resolve the issue of a persons name NOT having a middle initial? This formula works like a charm for exception of when a person has NO middle initial the formula errors out... I'm going crazy...

FirstName:Trim(Mid([PATIENT], InStr([PATIENT], ",") + 1, InStr(InStr([PATIENT], ",") + 2, [PATIENT], " ") - InStr([PATIENT], ",")))
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Rey Obrero earned 500 total points
ID: 21830621
try this

FirstName: IIf(InStr(Trim([Patient])," ")>0,Trim(Mid([PATIENT],InStr([PATIENT],",")+1,InStr(InStr([PATIENT],",")+2,[PATIENT]," ")-InStr([PATIENT],","))),Mid([patient],InStr([patient],",")+1))
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by:jaugermeister
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Thank GOD!
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