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Questions on Discontinuation of contraception & the reasons for it [message #18652] Tue, 21 January 2020 09:21 Go to next message
DHS user is currently offline  DHS user
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My question is regarding the questions about discontinuation of contraception and the reasons for this, as illustrated in fx. this DHS:

One of the reasons for discontinuation is 'side effects/health concerns' and I'm trying to understand why these two different things are pooled together into ONE code?

If I need to use the DHS on fx. Tanzania to investigate reasons for discontinuation, how can I differ between experienced side effects or concerns about it? Or, is it even possible to differ?
Re: Questions on Discontinuation of contraception & the reasons for it [message #18653 is a reply to message #18652] Tue, 21 January 2020 09:23 Go to previous message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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Following is a response from Senior DHS Specialist, Kerry MacQuarrie:

As you may notice from the questionnaire in the appendix of the 2015-16 Tanzania DHS Final Report (specifically p.565), the DHS does not distinguish between side effects/health concerns, what those side effects or concerns may be, or whether it is experience or fear of side effects/health concerns that is the reason for discontinuation. This is standard in DHS-7 surveys.

There is one change in the standard DHS-8 questionnaire that will apply to future surveys: "changes in menstrual bleeding" will be separated out from "other side effects/health concerns".

[Updated on: Tue, 21 January 2020 09:25]

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