EGSF Data Updates

The following data updates have become available since the release of the EGSF data in October 1997. These updates will also be published in future FLS newsletters (i.e., those after 10/97).

Date: 6/99

Note that in PEMITB01, there are 4 women who have B17=1 (speak another language) and B16=B18 (language spoken at home is same as other language spoken). It is not clear whether these 4 women are truly bilingual and the language in either B16 or B18 was misrecorded, or these women are truly monolingual and B17 was misrecorded. We are merely alerting users to these 4 cases and leaving it up to the user as to how to deal with them. Because we do not know where the miscoding occurred, we are not revising the data.

In the codebook, the code values for OP36 and OP37 are incomplete. For OP36, the code of 4 means "does not charge". For OP37, the code values should be as follows: 1=yes, credit only; 2=yes, installment only; 3=accept both credit and installment; 4=no, do not accept.

The following revisions are our best guesses and are not based on an examination of the hard copy questionnaires. We leave it up to users to use these suggested corrections.

PEMITD01:
WOMID='10 2 21 1410' and D0_COL='D6B': set D0MES2=154
WOMID='21 418A439 2' and D0_COL='D6A': set D0MES4=3 and set D0MES5-D0MES9 to missing
WOMID='21 418A439 2' and D0_COL='D6B': set D0MES4=missing and set
D0MES5-D0MES9 to 154
WOMID='21 7 2A 93 2' AND D0_COL='D6B': set D0MES8 to 152

PEMITD02:
WOMID='21 418A439 2': set D10_2=15

PEMITD03:
WOMID='21 213A165' and D1_COL='D68A': set D1MES4 to 154


Date: 7/30/98

1. Revisions to OTROS Files in Community Data. The variable OTHID in the OTROS files in the community/provider data was found to be incorrect. It did not include the provider number and thus was the same value for all providers in the same community. The error has been corrected in the online OTROS subfiles in the egsfexp/commun/otros and egsfraw/commun/otros subdirectories.

There were 4 cases in the OTROS files for whom PID was missing. Those providers were in communities 4 6 1 and 10 6 3. Those 4 providers now have PID values in the revised online OTROS files mentioned above.

2. Codebook Revisions. The following relate to typographical errors in the codebook. The codebook will not be revised. Please make these revisions in your own copies.

In the codebook, the descriptions for variables AM03A and AM03B, D25A and D25B in PEMITD02, and D87A and D87B in PEMITD04 are incorrect. AM03A, D25A and D87A are time in minutes; AM03B, D25B and D87B are time in hours. In most cases, a non-99 value is in one or the other in the pair as respondents were supposed to only give time in minutes or in hours, not both. There are some cases where it appears that non-99 values appear in both variables in the pair. In these instances, it is not entirely clear if time was reported in hours and minutes, or if the data were entered as implied by the questionnaire: the A variable is the amount of time and the B variable is the unit of time.

In the codebook, the definition for variables D15_1-D15_5 in PEMITD02 and D77_1-D77_5 in PEMITD04 is incorrect. The definition should be DID PROVIDER TAKE BLOOD, and not did provider take urine sample.

In the codebook Appendix B, two additional codes should be added to the codes for PC18/ME14. Code 115 is "trained in nursing". Code 116 are people trained by the doctor at the clinic to help with laundry, cleaning, etc. Each of these codes appear only once in the data.

In the codebook, the definition for OP05 in OTROSO01 is "COURSES AND PRACTICUMS," not "curses and practicums."

Date: 7/2/98

The definition of variable D15_1 on page 122 of the Codebook (DRU-1538/3) is incorrect. The definition should be: DID {1ST PROVIDER} TAKE BLOOD? and not "did the 1st provider take urine?" A check of the questionnaire (DRU-1538/1) shows that the question refers to taking a blood sample.

Date: 11/7/97

The variable INFORMID was incorrect in the ASCII and SAS transport versions of the community provider file CLAVEI15. The error has been corrected in the online CLAVEI15 subfiles in the egsfexp/commun/claves and egsfraw/commun/claves subdirectories. The online data are available via the FLS home page and via RAND's anonymous ftp server (see Obtaining EGSF Data).

Date: 11/11/97

Several variables were incorrectly written out in the ASCII and SAS transport versions of the community provider files CLAVEI12, CLAVEI13, CLAVEI14 and CLAVEI15. The error has been corrected in the online CLAVES subfiles in the egsfexp/commun/claves and egsfraw/commun/claves subdirectories. The online data are available via the FLS home page and via RAND's anonymous ftp server (see Obtaining EGSF Data).

Date: 11/12/97

Several variables were incorrectly written out in the ASCII and SAS transport versions of the community provider files PUESTP01 and PUESTP04 and the individual survey file PEMITE01. The error has been corrected in the online PUESTOS and PEMITE01 subfiles in the egsfexp/commun/puestos, egsfraw/commun/puestos, egsfexp/pemit3 and egsfraw/pemit3 subdirectories. The online data are available via the FLS home page and via RAND's anonymous ftp server (see Obtaining EGSF Data).

Date: 11/17/97

The online claveinp.sas, puestinp.sas and pemit3inp.sas programs in the egsf/egsfraw/inptpgms subdirectory have been revised to correct errors in the input formats for a couple of variables.

In addition, a sample program showing how to read the SAS tranport files, called convert.sas, has been put online in the egsf/egsfexp subdirectory.

The online program files are available via the FLS home page and via RAND's anonymous ftp server (see Obtaining EGSF Data).