## Extracting Data from Most Recent Record

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# Extracting Data from Most Recent Record

Hello

I am using SAS 9.3.  I have a data set of all hospital visits for a single year by chart number (which is unique to the patient).  I want to report on the residence of each patient but I want the residence reported on to be from the most recent patient visit.  This is what I have so far:

data have;

input @1  chartno \$6.
@7  acctno  \$3.
@18 sepdate yymmdd8.
@26 postal \$6.
;

cards;
1111110012012032920120331N0H2C1
2222220022012050120120515L4M6X6
3333330032012060120120607L4N4A8
1111110042012040220120410N4L1H4
4444440052012060320120615N4L1S7
5555550062012053120120603L0L2K0
2222220072012070120120713L4M6X6
2222220082012072020120725L9Y2M7
4444440092012081320120817N4L1S7
3333330102012061520120621L4N4A8
1111110112012110120121130N4L1H4
run;

proc sort in=have;
run;

data want (drop=postal_lag);
set have;
by chartno;
format
index_postal \$6.
;
index_postal='';
postal_lag=lag(postal);
chart_lag=lag(chartno);

if first.chartno then index_postal=postal;
else index_postal=postal_lag;

run;

The result is:

It seems to work for the occurrence after the first (i.e. chart 111111 and 222222) but not on the 3rd occurrence of 222222.  Any assistance is greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

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‎08-07-2013 04:54 PM
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## Re: Extracting Data from Most Recent Record

If you only want the final data set to contain the postal code for a chartno based on the last (most recent) admission date, then replace your last data step with this:

data want;
set have;
by chartno;

retain last_postal;

if first.chartno then last_postal = postal;

run;

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‎08-07-2013 04:54 PM
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Posts: 307

## Re: Extracting Data from Most Recent Record

If you only want the final data set to contain the postal code for a chartno based on the last (most recent) admission date, then replace your last data step with this:

data want;
set have;
by chartno;

retain last_postal;

if first.chartno then last_postal = postal;

run;

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Posts: 177

## Re: Extracting Data from Most Recent Record

Thank you so much!!  That is exactly what I wanted!

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