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A bibliometric analysis on the productivity of opioid research in Malaysia

Zin, Che Suraya and Abdullah, Nor Asma Diyana and Ramli, Noorul Atiqah and Khadir, Noorsyahiruh and Zain, Nor Shahfiza and Rosley, Nor Fatin and Shaikh Rahman Bux, Siti Halimah Bux (2019) A bibliometric analysis on the productivity of opioid research in Malaysia. In: International Conference on Pharmaceutical Research and Pharmacy Practice cum 14th IIUM-MPS Pharmacy Scientific Conference (ICPRP 2019), 19-20th October 2019, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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INTRODUCTION Opioid analgesics have been widely used for the treatment of pain. In the USA, it was reported that increase in opioid prescribing is parallel with the increase of opioid use disorders such as misuse, abuse and opioids overdose related death. Little is known about the opioid situation and its related research in Malaysia. OBJECTIVES This bibliometric study provided an overview on the productivity of opioid research in Malaysia. METHOD All original articles on opioid research in Malaysia from 2006 to 2018 were included. The articles were retrieved from databases such as Scopus, Science Direct and PubMed using search terms such as opioids, methadone, fentanyl, oxycodone and morphine. Growth of publications, number of citations journals, geographical distribution and issues addressed in the publications were analysed and presented using standard bibliometric indicators. RESULTS A total of 78 research articles on opioids published between 2006-2018 were identified. The relative growth rate of publications (RGR) during the study period was 12.24%. The most common issue studied was the methadone maintenance therapy. Most articles were published in the indexed journals (98.72%) and the predominant journal was the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal (11.54%). Almost all articles were multi-authored (99%) and the articles on buprenorphine and naltrexone reported the highest citations of 85. CONCLUSION This study showed that the focus of opioid research in Malaysia was in the field of methadone maintenance therapy. Research evaluating opioids in pain management particularly in patients with non-cancer pain is limited and require further exploration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech/Talk)
Additional Information: 4127/75876
Uncontrolled Keywords: Opioid research, Bibliometric, Malaysia, Methadone, Morphine
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Prof Dr Che Suraya Mohd Zin
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 15:05
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 15:05
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/75876

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