Opal Patient List views

Opal provides support for displaying lists of patients, both via a spreadsheet like view, and with a card based view.

Defining lists

Opal patient lists are subclasses of opal.core.patient_lists.PatientList.

Typically these are found in a patient_lists.py module of your application or plugin. (Lists can be defined elsewhere, but may not be auto discovered.)

A basic list needs only define it's display_name a queryset of episodes to display, and a schema of subrecords to show for each episode.

# patient_lists.py
from opal.models import Episore
from opal.core import patient_lists

from myapplication import models

class AlphabetListA(patient_lists.PatientList):
    display_name = 'A Patients'

    queryset = Episode.objects.filter(demographics__name__istartswith='a')

    schema = [

The display_name property is the human readable name for our list - which is displayed as link text to our list.


The schema attribute declares the columns of a PatientList. The entries in a schema may either be Subrecord instances, or instances of opal.core.patient_lists.Column.

Custom Columns

Although most schema entries will be subrecords, it can be useful to have non-subrecord columns. For instance because you want to allow a composite column of multiple Subrecords or because we want to simply render arbitrary markup.

Columns require the title, and template_path to be set, and are simply included in the schema list.

class MyMarkupList(patient_lists.PatientList):
    schema = [
        patient_lists.Column(title='Foo', template_path='foo/bar')

Template selection

The list view is constructed by rendering a column for each record, in the order defined in the schema, and a row for each episode in the list.

The template for each cell should live in ./templates/records/*. In order to select the appropriate template for a given episode, Opal looks in the following locations:

records/{episode_type}/{list slug}/{record_name}.html


The queryset property of your list should contain all of the episodes for this particular list. On occasion we require a more dynamic queryset, in which case we can override the get_queryset method.

# patient_lists.py
import datetime
from opal.models import Episode
from opal.core import patient_lists

class MyWeeklyList(patient_lists.PatientList):
    def get_queryset(self):
        one_week_ago = datetime.date.today() - datetime.timedelta(days=1)
        return Episode.objects.filter(date_of_admission__gte=one_week_ago)

Ordering Lists

As a discoverable.SortableFeature lists may be ordered by setting the order property to an integer. Lists will display in drop-downs, tables et cetera, in this order.


As a discoverable feature, the slug for each list is determined by either setting the slug property, or returning a string from the get_slug classmethod.


Tagged Patient Lists

A common model for working with lists is to use lists based on the tags assigned to an episode. This allows users to add and remove patients from lists as they see fit, rather than attempting to infer it from other properties of the patient (e.g. their current location for instance.) which can be particularly challenging for some clinical services.

Opal provides a specific subclass for working with Tagged Patient Lists:

# patient_lists.py
from opal.core import patient_lists

class MyTagList(patient_lists.TaggedPatientList):
    display_name = 'Tagged blue'
    tag = 'blue'

Tagged lists will automatically fetch the appropriate queryset for patients tagged with the tag you specify.

Invalid Tagged Patient Lists

Tag names may not have hyphens in them - Opal uses hyphens to distinguish between tags and subtags in the urls for lists, so attempting to define one will raise an exception.

class MyList(TaggedPatientList):
    tag = 'foo-bar'

# This will raise InvalidDiscoverableFeatureError !

Direct Add

Sometimes, we want to control the flow of patients onto, off, or between lists a little more closely. For instance, we might need to ensure additional data collection at points in a patient journey.

In order to accomplish this, we often implement custom patient flows that will programatically tag episodes to tagged lists. In those cases we will want to prevent users from manually adding or removing the tags themselves. This can be easily accomplished via the direct_add property. When set to false, users will not be able to add the tag for this list.

class MyLockedDownList(TaggedPatientList):
    tag = 'liaisonpatients'
    direct_add = False

Customising Sort order of Episodes

By default, PatientLists sort according to the Angular method Episode.compare. You may override this on a list-by-list basis by setting the comparator_service attribute.

class MySortedList(PatientList):
    comparator_service = 'MyComparatorService'

This attribute should be the name of an Angular service that returns a list of comparator functions. For instance, to sort by Episode.category_name then Episode id:

    .factory('MyComparatorService', function(){
        "use strict";
        return [
            function(e){ return e.category_name },
            function(e){ return e.id }
The file containing your comparator service must be included in the javascripts
of your application or plugin in order to be available on the client.

Access Control

As PatientLists are a RestrictableFeature, Access control for lists is set by overriding the visible_to classmethod. Your list will only be visible to those users for whom this method returns True.

For instance, we could define a Patient List that was only available to Django Superusers:

class SuperuserPatientList(PatientList):

    def visible_to(klass, user):
        return user.is_superuser

We commonly require groups of patient lists for a single clinical service. For example a busy outpatients clinic might have one list of people in the waiting room, one list of people being triaged, one list for people waiting to see the medical staff, and another for people who have been seen but need review - for instance because they have outstanding test results.

Opal provides the TabbedPatientListGroup class to help with this case. Tabbed Patient List Groups are an ordered collection of related Patient Lists that are displayed as tabs at the top of any list in the group.

Defining a Tabbed Patient List Group

Defining a group can be as simple as declaring member lists in a property.

# yourapp/patient_lists.py

from opal.core import patient_lists

# ... Define your lists here

class MyListGroup(patient_lists.TabbedPatientListGroup):
    member_lists = [MyFirstPatientList, MySecondPatientList, ...]
Tabbed Patient List Groups are a Discoverable feature, we expect them to be in a module named patient_lists.py in one of the Django apps in your application.

Customising membership

The members of your group can be determined dynamically by overriding the get_member_lists classmethod of your group:

class MyListGroup(patient_lists.TabbedPatientListGroup):
    def get_member_lists(klass):
        # return an iterable of PatientList subclasses

Restricting access

By default, the UI for a TabbedPatientListGroup is shown at the top of any member PatientList as long as there are more than one members of the group visible to the given user.

This behaviour can be customised by overriding the visible_to classmethod:

class MyListGroup(patient_lists.TabbedPatientListGroup):
    def visible_to(klass, user):
        # return True or False appropriately

Customising templates

Applications may customise the UI for Tabbed Patient List Groups by customising the template patient_lists/tabbed_list_group.html.

The default template simply extends patient_lists/tabbed_list_group_base.html.