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mjcunni_jsi is currently offline  mjcunni_jsi
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Can you ever aggregate data up to the 'cluster' level, and link cluster (community) variables with the facilities?
Re: Community Variables [message #6872 is a reply to message #6845] Fri, 24 July 2015 18:24 Go to previous message
user-rhs is currently offline  user-rhs
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I think that is what is generally done anyway. You can even link health facilities to individuals using the "cluster" variable if you like. Of course when you do this you are making the assumption here that individuals seek care from facilities nearest to them. We know in practice this isn't always true (see, for example: Akin and Hutchinson, 2009). Unfortunately, I don't think you can link individuals to facilities where individuals actually sought care in the DHS like you are able to in LSMS-type data, so you can't compare the nearest facility to the facility where the person actually went.

Akin, J. S., & Hutchinson, P. L. (1999). Health-care facility choice and the phenomenon of bypassing. Health Policy and Planning, 14(2), 13551. Retrieved from

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