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Place of Delivery [message #23599] Tue, 19 October 2021 05:42 Go to next message
Niranjana is currently offline  Niranjana
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Hello,

I am using the India IR file to look at the role of certain variables on place of delivery (m15_1 - m15_6) using STATA. As I understand, place of delivery question is asked for each birth in the last five years to each woman who has given birth in the last 5 years. With the outcome variable being place of delivery, I want to know how to recode m15_1 - m15_6 to create a single variable for the mother. I have created a count variable as follows:

label list `: value label m15_1'

forval j = 1/4 {    
    gen placedel`j' = 0  
}  

forval i = 1/6 {    
    replace placedel1 = placedel1 + inrange(m15_`i', 20, 27)        
    replace placedel2 = placedel2 + inrange(m15_`i', 30, 32)      
    replace placedel3 = placedel3 + inrange(m15_`i', 10, 13)    
    replace placedel4 = placedel4 + inlist(m15_`i', 33, 96)  
}


This creates a count variable which gives the number of times a respondent has given birth in a specific place. Counting instances opens the door to summary variables of the form never, (count 0), ever (count 1 to 6) and always (count 6). I was hoping if this captures all the information on place of delivery by respondent. If there is another way it could be recoded particularly to reflect the BR file, do let me know. My numbers however, do not match with Table 8.13 in https://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/FR339/FR339.pdf. Thank you.
Re: Place of Delivery [message #23605 is a reply to message #23599] Tue, 19 October 2021 12:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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Following is a response from DHS Research & Data Analysis Director, Tom Pullum:

In Table 8.13 the units of analysis are births, rather than women. You need to shift to the KR file and m15 (no subscripts). The characteristics of the mother are already on the child's record in the KR file.
Re: Place of Delivery [message #27207 is a reply to message #23599] Thu, 29 June 2023 09:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Koray is currently offline  Koray
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I want to create a single variable "place_del" that combines all the places of delivery from m15_1, m15_2,.....m15_6 withing the five year period. Please how do I go by it?
Re: Place of Delivery [message #27212 is a reply to message #27207] Fri, 30 June 2023 10:50 Go to previous message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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Following is a response from DHS staff member, Tom Pullum:

You are apparently using the IR file, in which the cases are women, and children born in the past 5 years are indicated with _1, _2, etc. It will be easier if you switch to the KR file, in which children are units.

But if your goal is to construct a single variable that combines / integrates the values of m15 for all children, you will have to construct that yourself. There is not a standard construction for such a variable.
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