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Table 2 Substances ingested in non-fatal self-poisoning attempt for the total cohort and for males and females

From: A comparison of non-fatal self-poisoning among males and females, in Sri Lanka

Variable Total sample Gender1 p value Odds ratio 95% CI of OR
Male Female
Type of overdose:     <.001   
Pharmaceutical drug overdose 55.6% (537) 38.1% (157) 72.0% (380) na 2 na na
Agrochemical 23.2% (220) 38.1% (157) 11.9% (63) <.001 0.17 0.12-0.23
Other chemical kept at home 10.6% (101) 12.1% (50) 9.7% (51) <.001 0.42 0.27-0.65
Plant poison 8.6% (82) 11.7% (48) 6.4% (34) <.001 0.29 0.18-.047
Source of substance:       
Ingested a substance kept at home 59.4% (564) 41.6% (172) 75.5% (392) <.001 4.33 3.27-5.72
Ingested a substance kept in field/garden 13.7% (130) 21.3% (88) 8.1% (42) <.001 0.33 0.22-0.48
Bought substance for purpose of ingestion 26.9% (255) 38.3% (158) 18.7% (98) <.001 0.37 0.28-0.50
Reason for choice 3       
Easy availability 32.3% (307) 28.8% (117) 37.0% (190) .009 1.45 1.10-1.92
It was cheap 6.4% (61) 6.4% (26) 6.8% (35) .806 1.07 0.63-1.81
Thought it was not dangerous 11.7% (111) 10.8% (44) 13.0% (67) .310 1.23 0.82-1.85
Thought it was dangerous 33.1% (314) 37.2% (151) 31.7% (163) .082 0.78 0.60-1.03
Thought it wouldn’t hurt 13.3% (126) 13.3% (54) 14.0% (72) .757 1.06 0.73-1.55
Thought it would act quickly 3.6% (34) 5.2% (21) 2.5% (13) .035 0.48 0.24-0.96
  1. 1Gender is coded as 0 Male 1 Female.
  2. 2Not applicable as reference category.
  3. 3Multiple responses were possible.