Malingering

Overview

4.5 out of 5 (14 Reviews)

Credits

1.00

Post Assessment Questions

4

Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes


 
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Activity Description

Malingering is falsification or profound exaggeration of illness (physical or mental) to gain external benefits such as avoiding work or responsibility, seeking drugs, avoiding trial (law), seeking attention, avoiding military services, leave from school, paid leave from a job, among others. It is not a psychiatric illness according to DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases, Fifth edition). The DSM-IV-TR failed to provide any precise criteria because malingering is not considered a psychiatric diagnosis, but the manual does state it is a condition that may be a focus of clinical attention. Although malingering was excluded from the index in DSM-5, it remains a "V" code, and the criteria for when to consider malingering remains unchanged. External (secondary) gain is necessary for differentiating malingering from factitious disorder (a disorder in which patient consciously creates physical or psychological symptoms to assume the sick role, the primary gain). Malingerers show poor compliance with treatment and stop complaining about the assumed illness only after gaining the external benefit. This activity reviews the common presentation of patients that are malingering and discusses the role of the interprofessional team in evaluating and treating this condition.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify malingering and explain its most common purposes.
  • Summarize the reason malingering was not included in the DSM-5 criteria.
  • Describe the typical treatment compliance patterns of a patient that is malingering.
  • Outline the common presentation of patients that are malingering and discusses the role of the interprofessional team in evaluating and treating this condition.

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    Reviews

    Michael P. on 9/25/2021

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    Melinda N. on 1/25/2022

    perhaps provide more real-world/practical answers and explanations

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