Constructs a large default set of covariates for one or more cohorts using data in the CDM schema. Includes covariates for all drugs, drug classes, condition, condition classes, procedures, observations, etc.

getDbDefaultCovariateData(connection, oracleTempSchema = NULL,
cdmDatabaseSchema, cohortTable = "#cohort_person", cohortId = -1,
cdmVersion = "5", rowIdField = "subject_id", covariateSettings,
targetDatabaseSchema, targetCovariateTable, targetCovariateRefTable,
targetAnalysisRefTable, aggregated = FALSE)

## Arguments

connection A connection to the server containing the schema as created using the connect function in the DatabaseConnector package. A schema where temp tables can be created in Oracle. The name of the database schema that contains the OMOP CDM instance. Requires read permissions to this database. On SQL Server, this should specifiy both the database and the schema, so for example 'cdm_instance.dbo'. Name of the table holding the cohort for which we want to construct covariates. If it is a temp table, the name should have a hash prefix, e.g. '#temp_table'. If it is a non-temp table, it should include the database schema, e.g. 'cdm_database.cohort'. For which cohort ID should covariates be constructed? If set to -1, covariates will be constructed for all cohorts in the specified cohort table. The version of the Common Data Model used. Currently only cdmVersion = "5" is supported. The name of the field in the cohort temp table that is to be used as the row_id field in the output table. This can be especially usefull if there is more than one period per person. Either an object of type covariateSettings as created using one of the createCovariate functions, or a list of such objects. (Optional) The name of the database schema where the resulting covariates should be stored. (Optional) The name of the table where the resulting covariates will be stored. If not provided, results will be fetched to R. The table can be a permanent table in the targetDatabaseSchema or a temp table. If it is a temp table, do not specify targetDatabaseSchema. (Optional) The name of the table where the covariate reference will be stored. (Optional) The name of the table where the analysis reference will be stored. Should aggregate statistics be computed instead of covariates per cohort entry?

## Value

Returns an object of type covariateData, containing information on the baseline covariates. Information about multiple outcomes can be captured at once for efficiency reasons. This object is a list with the following components:

covariates

An ffdf object listing the baseline covariates per person in the cohorts. This is done using a sparse representation: covariates with a value of 0 are omitted to save space. The covariates object will have three columns: rowId, covariateId, and covariateValue. The rowId is usually equal to the person_id, unless specified otherwise in the rowIdField argument.

covariateRef

An ffdf object describing the covariates that have been extracted.

This function uses the data in the CDM to construct a large set of covariates for the provided cohort. The cohort is assumed to be in an existing temp table with these fields: 'subject_id', 'cohort_definition_id', 'cohort_start_date'. Optionally, an extra field can be added containing the unique identifier that will be used as rowID in the output. Typically, users don't call this function directly but rather use the getDbCovariateData function instead.