The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Decision-Making About Health Care includes 5 items from the Women's Questionnaire measuring who in the family makes decisions about seeking healthcare and the obstacles women may face when doing so. Navigational aspects (i.e. skip-out patterns and next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed on the original woman’s questionnaire located here.
Geographies Tested: Afghanistan,Angola,Burkina Faso,Cambodia,Cameroon,Cote d'Ivoire,Ethiopia,Ghana,Guatemala,Guinea,Kenya,Madagascar,Mozambique,Myanmar (Burma),Nepal,Rwanda,Senegal,The Gambia,Zimbabwe
Populations Included: Female
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
1. Who usually makes decisions about health care for yourself: you, your (husbandpartner), you and your (husbandpartner) jointly, or someone else?
Respondent and husbandpartner jointly
Many different factors can prevent women from getting medical advice or treatment for themselves. When you are sick and want to get medical advice or treatment, is each of the following a big problem or not a big problem:
2. Getting permission to go to the doctor?
3. Getting money needed for advice or treatment?
4. The distance to the health facility?
5. Not wanting to go alone?
Not a big problem
Demographic and Health Surveys (2019). Demographic and Health Surveys: Women's Questionnaire. https://dhsprogram.com/publications/publication-DHSQ8-DHS-Questionnaires-and-Manuals.cfm
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