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Posted on 2014-02-18
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Hello,

Using MS SQL Server 2008.

I have a table of Measurements which represent measurements made on patients over a number of visits.

The relevant columns are:

pat_id (int) - identifies the patient
visitdate (date) - the date of the visit
value (int) - the measured value

I need to produce a query that has all a patients visits and measured values in the same row, one row per patient:

pat_id, visitdate 1, value 1, visitdate 2, value 2, visitdate 3, value 3 .... etc

I can not say for certain how many visits a patient has made.  Probably 4 or 5 but as time passes the number will increase.

Can design me a solution?
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Question by:soozh
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by:Surendra Nath
Surendra Nath earned 250 total points
ID: 39866988
check this out

declare @T TABLE
(
pat_id INT, VISITDATE DATE, VALUE INT
)

INSERT INTO @T VALUES (1,GETDATE(),2)
INSERT INTO @T VALUES (1,GETDATE()+1,4)
INSERT INTO @T VALUES (1,GETDATE()+3,7)

INSERT INTO @T VALUES (2,GETDATE(),2)
INSERT INTO @T VALUES (2,GETDATE()+1,4)
INSERT INTO @T VALUES (2,GETDATE()+3,7)
INSERT INTO @T VALUES (2,GETDATE()+4,7)

INSERT INTO @T VALUES (3,GETDATE(),2)
INSERT INTO @T VALUES (3,GETDATE()+1,4)

SELECT DISTINCT PAT_ID INTO #P FROM @T
DECLARE @MIN_PAT_ID BIGINT
DECLARE @MAX_PAT_ID BIGINT
SELECT @MIN_PAT_ID = MIN(pat_ID) FROM #P
SELECT @MAX_PAT_ID = MAX(pat_ID) FROM #P

DECLARE @T1 TABLE
(
A VARCHAR(MAX)
)

WHILE (@MIN_PAT_ID <= @MAX_PAT_ID)
BEGIN
    INSERT INTO @T1 
    SELECT STUFF(
    (SELECT ',' +CAST(PAT_ID AS VARCHAR) + ',' + CAST(VISITDATE AS VARCHAR) + ',' + CAST(VALUE AS VARCHAR)
    FROM @T
    WHERE pat_ID = @MIN_PAT_ID
    FOR XML PATH('')),1,1,'') AS A

    IF NOT EXISTS ( SELECT 1 FROM #P WHERE pat_id > @MIN_PAT_ID)
        BREAK
    SELECT  TOP 1 @MIN_PAT_ID =  PAT_ID FROM #P WHERE pat_id > @MIN_PAT_ID order by pat_id
END


select * FROM @T1

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 39867070
this cannot be solved "as requested" by pure SQL.

with dynamic SQL => yes, as you will have to first run to find the number of columns you need in your output.

simple: in any case, this will not be simple
really useful: normally not.

please review (with the end user) what is really requested, because a report like this makes no practical sense, by suggesting things like below:

* you may want to list all the visits of a single patient.
* you may want to list all the patients with the number of visits, the first and last visit dates, the number of visits in the last 3 or 6 months for example
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by:soozh
ID: 39872634
thanks for the comments.

this is a one off export of data.  

So i can easily find the maximum number of measurements i need to export ands write a query accordingly.

I was thinking along the lines of ranking the patients visits on date and then selecting them using a join.  There are a few more columns (100+) to export so i would like to avoid the stuff solution above - though it is elegant and would work.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
ID: 39891339
here we go with dynamic sql, which includes a create/drop table, so please test this first as needed:
create table measurements 
( pat_id int
, visitdate date
, value int
)
go
set nocount on
insert into measurements values ( 1, getdate(), 1 )
insert into measurements values ( 1, getdate()-1, 2 )
insert into measurements values ( 1, getdate()-2, 3 )
insert into measurements values ( 2, getdate(), 11 )
go
select * from measurements

declare @max_dates int
declare @loop int 
declare @sql varchar(max)
select @max_dates = max(cnt) 
  from ( select pat_id, count(distinct visitdate) cnt from measurements group by pat_id ) sq

select @max_dates

set @sql = ' create table #export ( pat_id int '
set @loop = 1
while @loop <= @max_dates
begin
  set @sql = @sql  + ', visit_date_' + cast(@loop as varchar) + ' date, value_' + cast(@loop as varchar) + ' int '
  set @loop = @loop + 1
end
set @sql = @sql + ')
insert into #export ( pat_id , visit_date_1, value_1) 
select pat_id , visitdate, value
 from ( select pat_id , visitdate, value, row_number() over (partition by pat_id order by visitdate) rn
		from measurements 
	  ) sq
where rn = 1
'

set @loop = 2
while @loop <= @max_dates
begin
  set @sql = @sql + ' update e
  set visit_date_' + cast(@loop as varchar) + ' = m.visitdate
  , value_' + cast(@loop as varchar) + ' = m.value
    from #export  e
	join measurements m
	   on m.pat_id = e.pat_id 
	   and m.visitdate = ( select min( x.visitdate) 
			from measurements x  
			where x.pat_id = e.pat_id
			  and x.visitdate > visit_date_' + cast(@loop-1 as varchar) + '
			) '
  set @loop = @loop + 1 
end

set @sql = @sql + ' 
select * from #export
drop table #export
'
exec(@sql)


go
drop table measurements

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