Reliability of National Data Sets: Evidence from a detailed Small Area Study in Rural Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E., Kadel, S., Stephens, J., Sharma, S. and Sharma, M., 2009. Reliability of National Data Sets: Evidence from a detailed Small Area Study in Rural Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Asian Journal of Epidemiology, 2 (2), pp. 44-48.

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DOI: 10.3923/aje.2009.44.48

Abstract

Researchers often rely on Census data to provide us with information for local areas. In a study in rural Nepal we came across major discrepancies between the number of women with a child under the age of two as estimated from the national Census and the prevalence rate of this population in our local in-depth household survey. This Research Notes highlights why Census data might not be as reliable as one would hope. In summary, researchers using Census data in developing countries should include an element of quality control of the national dataset. We advise researchers to conduct a small survey from a random sample to provide an estimate of the likely population in the area under study.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1992-1462
Subjects:Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Politics
Technology > Medicine and Health
Group:School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health
ID Code:11534
Deposited By:Prof Edwin van Teijlingen
Deposited On:23 Sep 2009 20:00
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:14

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