I am working with NFHS data for a couple of projects, and recently started using IPUMS DHS as part of our build.
I am are interested in measuring differences in access to healthcare by gender in Indian states, and have a list of variables from raw NFHS data from DHS that we are interested in -
DHS NFHS-4 Women: S363 (visited health facility or camp for self or children in the last 3 months) and S364 (type of facility visited)
DHS NFHS-4 Men: S319 (visited health facility or camp for self or children in the last 3 months)
and S320 (type of facility visited).
However, we couldn’t find these variables in the IPUMS DHS data for India in the Men and Women recodes. While we are currently using DHS raw data, we noticed that the estimates we are generating using these variables are not matching the estimates provided in the NFHS official reports for NFHS-4 and NFHS-5 (table 11.20), specifically for health facility visits for women in the last 3 months.
We were wondering what the reason is for these variables to not be included in IPUMS DHS samples for India. Is it because IPUMS noticed some problem with these variables, or that they have changed over time, or something else? It would be helpful for us to know the information you have on these variables as we try to nail down the cause of mismatch between DHS raw data and official reports.
Looking forward to hearing from you.