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Source of treatment for most recent illness

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For women who have recently been ill, ILLTRWHERE reports the source of treatment for the most recent illness.

Comparability — Index



Along with slight differences in question wording, ILLTRWHERE has significant universe differences (see below for country-specific comparability) and response categories that vary across samples.

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

  • 1000: Public sector facilities
  • 2000: Private medical sector facilities
  • 3000: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • 4000: Religious/mission facilities
  • 5000: Other

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

Comparability - Standard DHS

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

Comparability — Angola [top]

The 2015 Angola survey first asks whether the respondent has sought medical care due to an illness or an accident in the last 30 days. It then asks, "Where did you seek medical care (the last time)?"

Comparability — Morocco [top]

The 1987 Moroccan survey first asks whether the respondent has been sick in the last month. If the respondent has not been sick, the survey then asks whether anyone living with the respondent has been sick in the past month. ILLTRWHERE indicates the first source of treatment for either the respondent or the respondent or some other member of the household. To determine whether ILLTRWHERE refers to the respondent or another household member, see ILLRECENT and ILLFAMRECENT.

Comparability — Nepal [top]

The 2011 Nepal survey asks, "Which health facilities did you last visit during the past 12 months to care for yourself or for your children?"


  • Angola 2015: Women age 15-49 who sought medical care due to an illness or accident in the last month.
  • Morocco 1987: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have been ill in the last month or who live with someone who has been ill in the last month.
  • Nepal 2011: Women age 15-49 who visited a health facility in the last 12 months.
  • Tanzania 1996: Women age 15-49 who have been ill in the last 4 weeks.
  • Angola: 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B, 2015-W
  • Morocco: 1987-W, 1987-C, 1987-B
  • Nepal: 2011-C, 2011-B, 2011-W, 2011-W
  • Tanzania: 1996-W, 1996-B, 1996-C