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Place where HH members go/went for health care

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HCHHANYVISITPLACE reports where members of the household mainly go for health care. Response categories vary across samples. See Comparability.

The information in HCHHANYVISITPLACE is taken from the household record and applies to regular household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2") when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis, and using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis.


Along with universe differences, the response categories for HCHHANYVISITPLACE vary across samples.

The harmonized coding categories in the IPUMS DHS variable HCHHANYVISITPLACE were constructed to reflect the major and minor categories in the original DHS variable. The major categories are:

  • 1000: Public sector facilities
  • 2000: Private medical sector facilities
  • 3000: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • 4000: Religious/mission facilities

The second, third, and fourth digits of HCHHANYVISITPLACE's codes distinguish between specific locations and provide detail present in only some samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

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


  • Bangladesh 1997: Ever-married women age 10-49 in households in which a member had a health care visit in the past 2 weeks.
  • Congo (Democratic Republic) 2007: All women age 15-49.
  • India 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2016: All women age 15-49.
  • Yemen 2013: Ever-married women age 15-49 in households with a HH member who was treated in a health facility in the past two years.
  • Bangladesh: 1997-W, 1997-W, 1997-M, 1997-H, 1997-B, 1997-C
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2007-W, 2007-C, 2007-B, 2007-M, 2007-H
  • India: 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B, 2015-M, 2015-H, 2015-W
  • Uganda: 2016-W, 2016-C, 2016-B, 2016-M, 2016-H, 2016-W
  • Yemen: 2013-W, 2013-C, 2013-B, 2013-H, 2013-W