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How many health experiences ever had: list 2, abortion excluded

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CTRL2EV reports the number of health experiences a woman has ever had, up to a maximum of 4, as selected from the following list:

Used a sanitary pad during a menstrual period
Used a female condom
Visited by an anganwadi worker, ASHA or other community health worker
Took an ambulance to a hospital

CTRL2EV duplicates the list of experiences provided in ABOR2EV, but with the notable omission of "had an induced abortion". The data collectors randomly assigned surveyed women aged 15 to 49 into two subgroups. The universe for ABOR2EV is subgroup 2. Subgroup 1 gave responses to CTRL2EV. Hence, a proportion of women who have ever had an induced abortion may be inferred through a comparison of ABOR2EV and CTRL2EV, thereby mitigating some degree of social desirability bias that normally impacts self-reported measures of abortion service utilization.
Further, this proportion may be compared to a proportion similarly derived from ABOR1EV and CTRL1EV, which measure abortion service utilization against a listing of 4 different health experiences.


There are no comparability issues.


  • Women aged 15-49 randomly assigned to the first of two subgroups.


  • India: 2017