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Methodological Reports
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Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis
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Riese, Sara. 2023. Pregnancy History Model Analysis Plan: Determinants Of Stillbirth. DHS Methodological Reports No. 34. Rockville, Maryland, USA: ICF.
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Publication Date
August 2023
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This document is a model analysis plan for the further analysis of data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. This plan is designed for use by students, researchers, and other data users for developing country-specific further analysis plans. The plan has been released to coincide with the release of data from the eighth round of the DHS, which switched from using a birth history to pregnancy history as the basis for the reproductive calendar part of the Woman’s Questionnaire. The decision to switch to pregnancy history was made primarily to enable better capture of information on stillbirth. Birth histories may miss some stillbirths and early neonatal deaths.1–3 Recent evidence suggests that pregnancy history is associated with increased reporting of births, including stillbirths, and early neonatal deaths compared to birth history.4 This model analysis therefore focuses on stillbirth— measuring the stillbirth rate and identifying determinants of stillbirth. This model analysis plan is organized to show researchers each step of the further analysis process.


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