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Final say on children's health care

Codes and Frequencies

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DECKIDHEALTH reports who has the final say on the children's health care.

The related variable DECKIDHCARE (V466) indicates whether the respondent can decide whether a sick child gets medical treatment.

Comparability — Index



Along with slight differences in question wording, DECKIDHEALTH differs across samples in response categories. In particular, samples differ in whether decision-making by the husband/partner alone or by someone other than the child's parents was acknowledged. IPUMS-DHS users should consult the Codes and Frequencies tab for samples of interest.

Comparability - Standard DHS

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

Comparability — Benin [top]

The 2011 Benin survey asks, "In your household, who make the decisions about your children's health?" as opposed to the more common, "Who in your family has the final say on children's health care?"

Comparability — Myanmar [top]

The 2015 Myanmar survey asks, "Who usually makes decisions regarding the wellbeing of children?" as opposed to the more common, "Who in your family has the final say on children's health care?"


  • Bangladesh 2000: Ever-married women age 10-49.
  • Bangladesh 2004: Ever-married women age 10-49.
  • Bangladesh 2007: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Bangladesh 2011: Ever-married women age 12-49 who are currently married.
  • Bangladesh 2014: Ever-married women age 15-49 who are currently married.
  • Benin 2011: All women age 15-49.
  • Myanmar 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2003: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2001: All women age 15-49.
  • Bangladesh: 2000-W, 2000-W, 2000-B, 2000-C, 2004-W, 2004-W, 2004-B, 2004-C, 2007-W, 2007-W, 2007-B, 2007-C, 2011-W, 2011-C, 2011-W, 2011-B, 2014-W, 2014-B, 2014-C, 2014-W
  • Benin: 2011-B, 2011-C, 2011-W, 2011-W
  • Myanmar: 2015-C, 2015-W, 2015-B, 2015-W
  • Nigeria: 2003-C, 2003-B, 2003-W
  • Uganda: 2001-W, 2001-B, 2001-C, 2001-W