This case is a description of method used in a study on farmers' suicides in Maharashtra, India. Since this is a sensitive topic, the study tried to incorporate multiple perspectives by being open to suggestions from different views. It shows how the available data on suicides and population from different sources were combined to arrive at an estimate of suicide mortality rate for farmers and non-farmers. It also explains the survey design to capture risk factors associated with suicide incidence as also in making comparisons of suicide cases with controls. Finally, it points out how the study being grounded in facts withstood the scrutiny of senior government officials leading to policy suggestions and their implementation.
Farmers' Suicides in Maharashtra, India: A Mixed-Method Study Leading to Policy Suggestions