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Reason did not undergo surgery: Could not afford the time off work

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SURGERYNOTWORK indicates whether, in response to an open-ended question, the female respondent reported that she did not undergo an operation, which her doctor said might be needed, because she could not afford the time off work.


SURGERYNOTWORK has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

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


  • Zambia 2018: Women age 15-49 who were told that they might need an operation and did not undergo the surgery.
  • Zambia: 2018-W, 2018-W, 2018-C, 2018-B