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Xylophagia: a meta-synthesis of the literature

Fahad, Riaz and Munawar, Khadeeja and Akram, Bushra and Al-Worafi, Yaser Mohammed and Bakrin, Faizah Safina and Li, Ying Tey and Jacob, Sabrina Anne and Goh, Bey Hing and Khan, Tahir Mehmood and Lee, Learn Han and Kamal, Anila (2019) Xylophagia: a meta-synthesis of the literature. Mental Health Review Journal, 24 (4). pp. 275-297. ISSN 1361-9322

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an insight into xylophagia, its treatment, intervention options, etiological causes and possible relationship with other diseases. Design/methodology/approach – A systematic search was performed across four scientific databases (i.e. Ovid Medline, Embase via Ovid, PubMed and ProQuest). All of the qualitative studies reporting on xylophagia from the inception of databases until August 2019 have been included. The quality of included studies was assessed through a ten-item checklist given by Kmet et al. (2004). Findings – A total of 18 studies were included, and five primary themes emerged after analysis: precipitation/onset of xylophagia, co-morbid psychiatric or medical illnesses, assessment and investigation modes to confirm diagnosis, outcomes of xylophagia and treatment options comprising medical care, psychological care, counseling and duration of recovery. There were 16 females and 9 males in included studies. The mean ages and standard deviations of males and females were 29.25(12.17) years and 32.81(11.92), respectively. The mean duration and standard deviation of paper pica were 4.80(4.27) years. Research limitations/implications – Despite the limitation that this meta-synthesis is based upon findings from case studies, results show that standardized medication regimens for treating xylophagia are still not available or are unknown. There is a dire need for further research in order to better understand the disorder. The healthcare professionals need to use reciprocal, mutually constituent influence of biological and sociocultural factors in order to screen, diagnose and manage complex psychological problems like xylophagia. Originality/value – The findings advance our understanding of the positive effects of patients and family members undergoing counseling or cognitive behavior therapy in reducing stress and enhancing coping skills thus, avoiding self-damaging behaviors.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 9018/79902
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative research, Quality of care, Health services, Health policy, Pica, Xylophagia, Psychotherapy, Cognitive behaviour therapy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Fahad Riaz
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 15:53
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 15:54
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/79902

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