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Treatment for anxiety disorders in Malaysia


Abdul Khaiyom, Jamilah Hanum and Mukhtar, Firdaus and Oei, Tian Po (2019) Treatment for anxiety disorders in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 26 (3). pp. 24-36. ISSN 1394-195X


This current study aims to systematically review the treatments for anxiety disorders in Malaysia. PsycINFO, MEDLINE databases, and 28 local journals were used to search published papers in this area. Eight articles were subjected to review after excluding 273 papers that did not meet the inclusion criteria. A total of 598 participants with various types of anxiety disorders were included in the review. Based on the findings, the combination of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy provided better treatment outcomes if compared to psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy alone. The combination of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and cognitive behaviour therapy was considered as one of the most effective treatment to treat patients with anxiety disorders in Malaysia. This is in line with the clinical practice guidelines from the Ministry of Health Singapore and Canada. Even though there were some limitations in the methodology and reporting of the results, it can be concluded that efforts have been taken to conduct studies related to treatments for patients with anxiety disorders in Malaysia. Future studies are suggested to make conscious efforts to overcome these limitations.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.21315/mjms2019.26.3.2
Publisher: Universiti Sains Malaysia
Keywords: Anxiety; Intervention; Therapy; Systematic review; Malaysia
Depositing User: Mr. Sazali Mohamad
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 07:13
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 07:13
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/82435
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