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Articles  |   April 1989
Malingering
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Articles   |   April 1989
Malingering
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1989, Vol. 89, 483. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1989.89.4.483
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1989, Vol. 89, 483. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1989.89.4.483
Abstract

Malingering adds to the cost of medicine. Unnecessary tests, exhaustive evaluations, and repeated referrals are part of the cost. In noneconomic terms, malingering erodes trust and confidence in the physician-patient relationship. This article explores means whereby the physician can detect the malingerer. Once the physician is convinced of the disingenuous nature of the symptoms, intervention is indicated. Suggestions for confronting the malingerer are reviewed.