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 3. Association between total number of publications and number of publications on specific research topics, 1985–2010: bivariate linear regression analyses (n = 24)

Research topic Coefficient per year 95% CI Adjusted R2
All 4.27 3.24–5.30 0.76
Population and reproductive health 1.37 1.02–1.72 0.74
Fertility and family planning 0.66 0.37–0.95 0.48
Sexual behaviour and knowledge 0.41 0.31–0.51 0.75
HIV/AIDS 0.64 0.41–0.86 0.59
Maternal and child health and nutrition 2.09 1.48–2.70 0.68
Maternal 0.62 0.37–0.87 0.53
Child 1.40 0.95–1.85 0.64
Nutritional deficienciesa 0.76 0.49–1.03 0.58
Otherb 0.85 0.59–1.11 0.66

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

a Nutritional deficiencies: Publications focused on nutrition, excluding studies on adult obesity.

b Other: publications focused neither on population and reproductive health nor on maternal and child health and nutrition.

Note: Each row represents an individual regression analysis.