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Stillbirth calculation for Philippines [message #25465] Tue, 25 October 2022 03:24 Go to next message
Mihir is currently offline  Mihir
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I am trying calculate stillbirth using calendar data following the given example-

https://www.dhsprogram.com/data/Calendar-Tutorial/index.cfm# example4

However, while calculating stillbirth for Philippines, I could not find the variable called vcal_1. Is there any way to calculate stillbirth without using the vcal_1 variable?? I guess there must be a solution as there are estimates in the report. Please help me out.
Re: Stillbirth calculation for Philippines [message #25495 is a reply to message #25465] Fri, 28 October 2022 12:56 Go to previous message
Janet-DHS is currently offline  Janet-DHS
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Following is a response from DHS staff member Tom Pullum:

You are probably asking about the 2017 survey. The survey did not include a calendar, but did include pregnancy history, and you can use that to identify stillbirths in the past five years. Open the IR file in Stata and enter "describe s21*_01". The variables are indexed for pregnancies 01 through 20. The variable for outcome (for pregnancy 01) is s211c_01, and stillbirths have code 2. Here is the label:

. label list S211C_01
S211C_01:
1 born alive
2 born dead
3 lost before full term

It is actually much easier to work with a pregnancy history than a calendar, and pregnancy histories are being added to DHS-8 surveys.
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