Table 1

Main findings of the study

Farmers n (%) Controls n (%) OR 95% CI
General:
 Age53.854.6
 Born in Exeter district33  (52)17  (26)2.981.41 to 6.2
 Employed38 (60)25 (41)2.161.06 to 4.41
 Unemployed4 (6)11 (17)0.480.17 to 1.39
 Retired21 (33)27 (43)0.670.32 to 1.37
 Unmarried and single20 (32)12 (19)1.980.87 to 4.50
 Open verdict5 (8)2 (3)2.630.49 to 14.09
 Left a suicide note13 (21)26 (41)0.370.17 to 0.82
Cause of death:
 Firearms27 (42)7 (11)5.622.21 to 16.35
 Car exhaust4 (6)21 (33)0.140.04 to 0.42
 Poisoning2 (3)11 (17)0.150.03 to 0.73
 Hanging24 (38)16 (25)1.970.91 to 4.26
 Submersion1 (2)1 (2)1.000.06 to 16.35
 Cutting1 (2)2 (3)0.440.04 to 5.57
 Other5 (8)6 (9)0.820.36 to 1.72
Contact with medical services:
 Saw GP in week before death10 (26)12 (33)0.800.32 to 2.02
 Saw GP in month before death20 (53)20 (56)1.00.47 to 2.12
 Saw GP in 3 months before death22 (35)26 (41)0.470.18 to 1.19
 Previous suicide attempt8 (13)15 (24)1.550.42 to 5.79
 Current inpatient or day patient6 (10)4 (6)0.740.31 to 1.79
 Previous inpatient11 (17)14 (22)0.770.28 to 2.10
 Outpatient or CMHT client8 (13)10 (16)1.150.55 to 2.39
 No previous mental health contact42 (67)40 (63)0.600.27 to 1.36
 Antidepressants prescribed before death14 (22)16 (25)0.840.37 to 1.91
  • CMHT=community mental health team.