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Suicide in South Asia: a scoping review

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Psychiatry, December 2014
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Suicide in South Asia: a scoping review
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BMC Psychiatry, December 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12888-014-0358-9
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Mark JD Jordans, Anne Kaufman, Natassia F Brenman, Ramesh P Adhikari, Nagendra P Luitel, Wietse A Tol, Ivan Komproe


ObjectiveGlobally, suicide is an important cause of mortality. In low- and middle income settings, it is difficult to find unequivocal data to establish suicide rates. The objective of this review is to synthesize the reporting of suicide incidence in six south Asian countries.MethodsWe conducted a scoping review combining peer-reviewed studies (PubMed, PsycINFO, EMBASE) with in-country searches for grey literature in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The review included mapping reported suicide rates, quality appraisals of the studies, use of definitions of suicide and means of committing suicide.ResultsIn total, 114 studies and reports were included in the review, including 50 peer-reviewed publications. Reported suicide rates varied widely from 0.43/100,000 to 331.0/100,000. The average suicide rate across studies was found to be high compared to the world average, however many studies were of poor quality or not representative. The majority of studies failed to explicitly define suicide (84% of the published articles and 92% of the grey literature documents). Poisoning and hanging were consistently the most common methods of committing suicide on the sub-continent.ConclusionsThe reported suicide rates in South Asia are high compared to the global average, but there is a paucity of reliable data on suicide rates in South Asia. Reports are likely to diminish rather than exaggerate the magnitude of suicide rates. There is an urgent need to establish new, or evaluate existing, national suicide surveillance systems in the South Asian countries.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Greece 1 1%
Bangladesh 1 1%
Unknown 69 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 15 21%
Researcher 13 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 17%
Student > Bachelor 8 11%
Student > Postgraduate 6 8%
Other 12 17%
Unknown 5 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 19 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 19 27%
Psychology 13 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 3%
Other 3 4%
Unknown 8 11%

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