Risk factors associated with purchasing pesticide from shops or self-poisoning: a protocol for a population-based case control study

Manjula Weerasinghe, Flemming Konradsen, Michael Eddleston*, Melissa Pearson, David Gunne, Keith Hawton, Shaluka Jayamanne, Chathurani Pabasara, Tharidu Jayathilaka, Kalpani Dissanayaka, Sandamali Rajapaksha, Prasanna Thilakarathna, Suneth Agampodi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Introduction: Pesticide self-poisoning is one of the most frequently used methods of suicide worldwide, killing over 300 000 people annually. Around 15-20% of pesticide self-poisonings occur soon after the person has bought the pesticide from a shop. We aim to determine the characteristics of individuals who purchase pesticides directly from shops and how they differ from individuals who access pesticides from other sources such as home, home garden or farmland. This information will help inform possible vendor/shop-based intervention strategies aimed at reducing access to pesticides used for self-harm.

Methods and analysis: This study will investigate risk factors associated with purchasing pesticides for acts of self-poisoning from pesticide shops, including cases identified over a 9-month period using a population-based case control group approach. Four interviewer-administered data collection tools will be used for this study: a semistructured questionnaire, Beck Suicidal Intent Scale (SIS), Clinical Interview Schedule Sinhalese version (CIS-Sn) and Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). Each case (expected n=33) will be compared with two groups of individuals: (1) those who have self-poisoned using pesticides from the home, home garden or farmland and (2) those who bought pesticides from the same shops as the above cases, but not did not self-poison. Logistic regression models will be used to identify risk factors of purchasing pesticides for self-poisoning from shops.

Ethics and dissemination: The study has received ethical approval from the Ethical Review Committee of the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. A sensitive data collection technique will be used and ethical issues will be considered throughout the study. Results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed articles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number007822
Number of pages6
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Agriculture
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Commerce
  • Household Products
  • Humans
  • Pesticides
  • Research Design
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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