Table 1

Baseline characteristics of study population included in the analysis

Study characteristicsPercentage of study population
Type of studies (N=134)
 Retrospective (75)56
 Cross-sectional (12)9
 Prospective (47)35
Regional distribution of study population
 Central (N=21, n=5854)11
 East (N=9, n=6684)13
 North East (N=2, n=330)1
 North (N=21, n=11 628)22
 South (N=61, n=21 212)40
 West (N=20, n=7123)13
Male to female ratio
 Central (N=21, n=5854)1.51
 East (N=9, n=6684)1.28
 North East (N=2, n=330)1.66
 North (N=21, n=11 561)2.35
 South (N=61, n=21 279)1.77
 West (N=20, n=7123)1.87
 India (N=134, n=52 831)1.74
Age-wise distribution
 ≤18 years (n=12 642)26
 19–60 years (n=34 653)70
 >60 years (n=2228)4
Marital status (N=62)
 Married (n=12 027)65
 Unmarried (n=6499)35
Educational status (N=31)
 Literate (n=5467)70
 Illiterate (n=2373)30
Type of family (N=13)
 Nuclear (n=1248)41
 Joint (n=1780)59
Area-wise distribution (N=80)
 Rural (n=15 896)62
 Urban (n=9726)38
Occupational distribution (N=61)
 Farmers (n=9404)56
 Housewives (n=2481)15
 Students (n=1686)10
 Labourers (n=1448)9
 Service (n=609)4
 Unemployed (n=704)4
 Self-employed (n=385)2
Manner of poisoning (N=111)
 Suicidal (n=30 652)71
 Accidental (n=11 616)27
 Others (n=926)2
  • n, sample size; N, total number of studies.