Malingering is the fabrication, feigning, or exaggeration of physical or psychological symptoms designed to achieve a desired outcome, such as relief from duty or work. Malingering is not a medical diagnosis, but may be recorded as a “focus of clinical attention” or a “reason for contact with health services”
Wiki Number: PW119
Symptoms: Fabricating or exaggerating symptoms to avoid work or responsibility
Causes: In the military, it is a “court-martial offense.” According to the insurance industry, malingering costs employers billions per year.
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- INTRODUCTION: Investigating Malingering and Public Policy Through an Interdisciplinary Working Groupby Daniel S Goldberg on October 19, 2021
This Introduction frames the context of the interdisciplinary working group that examined the role of malingering in health and social policy in 2019-2020. The Symposium Issue here is the result of the group's time, energy, and analysis.
- Person Under Investigation: Detecting Malingering and a Diagnostics of Suspicion in Fin-de-Siecle Britainby Lakshmi Krishnan on October 19, 2021
In 1889, The British Medical Journal published a piece titled, "Detective Medicine," which describes feats of medical detection performed by physicians attending malingering prisoners. Though simulating illness had a long history, the medicalization of malingering at the fin de siècle led to a proliferation of such case histories and cheerful records of pathological feigners thwarted.
- Doubt & Social Policy: The Long History of Malingering in Modern Welfare Statesby Daniel S Goldberg on October 19, 2021
This essay explores the long Western history of anxieties about feigned illness connected specifically to social policy. There is a remarkable consistency of such anxieties across time, as they appear in almost every major historical period in the West since the Middle Ages.
- The Intertwined History of Malingering and Brain Injury: An Argument for Structural Competency in Traumatic Brain Injuryby Stephen T Casper on October 19, 2021
Every year millions of people suffer minor brain injuries, many of which occur in collision sports. While there has been substantial commentary and debate about the nature of this public health crisis, it is clear that the scientific and clinical arguments reflect values preferences and judgments that are often invisible in documents which combine artful language with undue focus paid to sources of uncertainty at the cost of clarity and transparency. This essay gives a brief history of these...