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BPTARMCM (BPTARMCM)
Arm circumference (in centimeters)

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Description

For women who agreed to have blood pressure measured during the survey, BPTARMCM reports, in centimeters, the circumference of the woman's arm, midway between the elbow and the shoulder.

When the blood pressure cuff is too large or too small, errors in measuring blood pressure can occur. Using cuffs that are too small or too short can lead to overestimates of the systolic and diastolic measurements. Similarly, using cuffs that are too large can lead to underestimates. The related variable BPTMODEL reports the blood pressure monitor cuff size used to measure the woman's blood pressure.

Comparability

Apart from universe differences, BPTARMCM has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

BPTARMCM is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.

Universe

  • Benin 2011: Women age 15-49, in households not selected for hemoglobin testing, who agreed to have blood pressure measured.
  • Ghana 2014: Women age 15-49 who agreed to have blood pressure measured.
  • Lesotho 2009: Women age 15-49, in households selected for hemoglobin testing, who agreed to have blood pressure measured.
  • Lesotho 2014: Women age 15-49, in households selected for hemoglobin testing, who agreed to have blood pressure measured.
  • Benin: 2011-C, 2011-B, 2011-W
  • Ghana: 2014-C, 2014-B, 2014-W
  • Lesotho: 2009-W, 2009-C, 2009-B, 2014-W, 2014-C, 2014-B