Malingering Statistics

(Also Known As: Fabricated Mental Illness Statistics, Faked Mental Illness Statistics, Munchausen Syndrome Statistics, Factitious Disorder Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Statistics on Malingering

  • About 0.001% of hospital consultations were for feigning of psychological and physical symptoms or disability. 12
  • The total cost on claims for health insurance fraud in the United States was more than $59 billion in 1995 including the untruthful claims by medical personnel and patients.
  • About 86% of hospital consultation for feigning a disability or symptom required admission in England,
  • Malingering may be present in 1.25 – 10.4% of chronic pain patients.
  • It has been estimated that malingering occurs in 7.5% - 33% of disability claims.

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Malingering Topics

Related Conditions

Antisocial Personality Disorder – conduct disorder, sociopaths, psychopaths, deceitful, manipulative, behavior disorder
Factitious Disorder – feigning symptoms, exaggerates physical and psychological condition,
Hypochondriasis – fear of having serious disease, misinterpretation of body symptoms
Munchausen Syndrome – chronic factitious disorder, faking/feigning of psychological and mental illness, severe