Bulletin of the World Health Organization

A systematic review of Demographic and Health Surveys: data availability and utilization for research

Madeleine Short Fabic, YoonJoung Choi & Sandra Bird

Volume 90, Number 8, August 2012, 604-612

Table 1. Number of publications using Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data, by research topic and special study population, 1985–2010

Publications (n = 1 117) No.
Research topic
Fertility and family planning 289
Sexual behaviour and knowledge 81
HIV/AIDS 88
Maternal health and mortality 123
Child health and mortality 305
Nutrition 141
Malaria 24
Gender 107
Poverty and equity 69
Adult health and mortality 45
Water and sanitation 6
Summary of single DHS survey 151
Survey and statistical methods 70
Special study population
Couples 19
Men 21
Neonates 20
Youth (aged 15–24 years) 32

AIDS, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; HIV, human immunodeficiency virus.

Note: Categories are not mutually exclusive.