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Categorisation of variable [message #26904] Mon, 22 May 2023 10:01 Go to next message
Mary A. is currently offline  Mary A.
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Hi everyone!

I am exploring several "Individual" datasets from some African countries, focusing on Antenatal care.

I am encountering a problem with two variables in particular:
1) m14 - Number of antenatal visits during pregnancy
2) m13 - Timing of 1st antenatal check (months)

In the guide ( https://dhsprogram.com/Data/Guide-to-DHS-Statistics/index.cf m) it is written that:
Number of antenatal visits is grouped into categories of no antenatal care, 1 visit, 2-3 visits, 4+ visits, and missing/"don't know" before calculating percentages, whereas Timing of first antenatal visit is grouped into categories of no antenatal visit, <= 3 months, 4-5 months, 6-7 months, 8+ months, and missing/"don't know" before calculating percentages.
The percentages are the numerators divided by the denominator, multiplied by 100.

Why is it that, whenever I open the do.file, I cannot see these categories? The only option that appears is "98 Don't know" (see screenshot). Do you know what the problem might be?

Thank you in advance for your time and support!
Maria
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Re: Categorisation of variable [message #26915 is a reply to message #26904] Wed, 24 May 2023 14:00 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:

The categories described in the Guide to DHS Statistics are used in some tables, but require recoding of m13 and m14. Those variables themselves are not categorized, so users can construct alternative categories if they want.
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