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Main reason for HH member's recent health care visit

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HCHHVISITWHY reports the main reason why a member of the household recently visited a health care facility or saw a doctor or nurse.

The information in HCHHVISITWHY 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.


HCHHVISITWHY has no comparability problems. With composite coding, responses are broadly grouped, via the first digit, into treatment (of an illness or accident) versus wellness care (such as immunization, antenatal checkup, or family planning) or other. Additional detail is preserved in the second digit (e.g., treatment for illness as code "11" versus treatment of accident as code "12").

Comparability - Standard DHS

HCHHVISITWHY is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS 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.
  • Bangladesh: 1997-W, 1997-C, 1997-B, 1997-H, 1997-M, 1997-W