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Health service variables and stillbirth [message #15786] Sun, 16 September 2018 05:30 Go to next message
Sami is currently offline  Sami
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Registered: May 2016
Location: Nepal

Dear DHS forum,

i am using Ethiopia DHS women data 2011.

I have red that health service variables such as ANC, TT vaccine, and mode of delivery are only for most recent live birth five years preceeding the survey. However, when i crosstab, stillbirth with these variables, i can see limited cases of stillbirth that have information on health service variables such as ANC, TT vaccine, and mode of delivery. Can anyone from expert group explain if the dhs collect health service information for stillbirth or why i am getting some stillbirth cases that has health service information.

Thank you

Re: Health service variables and stillbirth [message #16075 is a reply to message #15786] Thu, 01 November 2018 17:52 Go to previous message
boyle014 is currently offline  boyle014
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Registered: December 2015
Location: Minneapolis
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Hi Sammy,

IPUMS DHS provides specific information on the types of children covered by each variable. Find your variables of interest under TOPICS. Each variable name is a hot link. Click on it, and you will see a UNIVERSE tab at the top. That provides this information.

Browsing quickly, I see that
ANCARE (received antenatal care) was asked of "Last-born children born in the 5 years before the survey to women age 15-49."
VACBCG (child received BCG or TB vaccination) was asked of "Surviving children under age 5, born to women age 15-49."

This suggests that the universes vary across your variables of interest.

Hope this is helpful.

Professor Elizabeth Boyle
Sociology & Law, University of Minnesota, USA
Principal Investigator, IPUMS-DHS
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