Materia Medica Malaysiana

January 27, 2008

D-G: Heal the holistic way with behavioural medicine

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Star: PENANG: Medical practitioners should invest in and adopt behavioural medicine to treat and curb illnesses, Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said.
He said studies have proven that the application of behavioural medicine in treating patients resulted in positive outcomes.
“There is need to develop a multidiscipline medical care system. Behavioural medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with the psychosocial aspect of illnesses, health and healing. It promotes spiritual and mental well-being that are crucial to a person’s physical well being,” he said in his keynote address at the Conference of Behavioural Medicine.
“It is a holistic way to treat illnesses and the Health Ministry has established the Institution of Behavioural Research and introduced tradition and contemporary medicine, where behavioural medicine is the key element, in three hospitals.”
Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan, who attended the conference on behalf of Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, said the change of approach to behavioural medicine was appropriate.
“Life and work have become more competitive and stressful. It changes the kinds of illnesses we have to deal with,” he said, adding that holistic methods of treatment were needed to treat and curb such diseases.

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