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Time used to decide transferring to health facility for delivery

DELDECIDETIME_ALL variables are 3-digit variables.


100 = Less than 1 minute
101 = 1 minute
199 = minutes, number unspecified
201 = 1 hour
280 = 80+ hours
997 = Don't know
998 = Missing
999 = NIU (not in universe)


DELDECIDETIME_ALL reports the mother's response to the question, "How long did it take for you to decide to go and reach the health facility (to give birth)?" This variable measures the length of time (in minutes or hours) the mother had been in labor by the time she reached the health facility.

DELDECIDETIME_ALL consists of a set of up to six separate variables, covering the most recent birth (DELDECIDETIME_01) up to the sixth-most-recent birth (i.e., DELDECIDETIME_02, DELDECIDETIME_03, DELDECIDETIME_04, DELDECIDETIME_05, and DELDECIDETIME_06) during the reference period prior to the survey. If DELDECIDETIME_ALL is included in a data extract, all these separate variables are included in a researcher's data file.


DELDECIDETIME_ALL has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

DELDECIDETIME_ALL is a country-specific variable not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Nigeria 2018: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey, and who delivered the child in a health facility.
  • Nigeria: 2018-W, 2018-W