I have a table with 3 columns, participant_id, question, answer. for each participant, there will be five question.

How do fetch a report like against each participant each question as a column header and answer as value. So in report for each participant there will be one entry in report?

table structure:

expected output: group using participant_id and each question should be the column header and custtusponding answer will be the column value.

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    Please add tables schema, sample data and the desired result.
    – McNets
    Feb 5, 2018 at 8:17
  • @McNets Thanks for quick response ,added schema details to the question Feb 5, 2018 at 9:17
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    Still not clear, is there any question_id, please add you CREATE TABLE statement.
    – McNets
    Feb 5, 2018 at 9:19
  • @McNets yes question field is the question_id Feb 5, 2018 at 9:22
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    Feb 11, 2018 at 16:02

2 Answers 2


This is similar to pivot table , Try This

create view pivot_questions as (
    case when question = "question1" then itemvalue end as question1,
    case when itemname = "question2" then itemvalue end as question2,
    case when itemname = "question3" then itemvalue end as question3,
    case when itemname = "question4" then itemvalue end as question4,
    case when itemname = "question5" then itemvalue end as question5
  from questions

select * from pivot_questions;
  • It returns 5 rows per participant, I just want to return one row per participant with 5 column as question answer. Feb 5, 2018 at 10:23

you can add another condition in select query

select participant_id, 
GROUP_CONCAT(question1 SEPARATOR '') as question1,
GROUP_CONCAT(question2 SEPARATOR '') as question2,
GROUP_CONCAT(question3 SEPARATOR '') as question3,
GROUP_CONCAT(question4 SEPARATOR '') as question4,
GROUP_CONCAT(question5 SEPARATOR '') as question5 
  from pivot_questions
  group by participant_id

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