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Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2009 Feb;23(1):58-64. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2008.03.002. Epub 2008 Oct 15.

Challenges in the treatment of factitious disorder: a case study.

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  • 1Human Services, Inc. of Washington County, Oakdale, MN 55128, USA.


Factitious disorder is difficult to diagnose and effectively treat. It is often met with intense emotion by both the care provider(s) and the client when suspected. However, if missed or untreated, it can become a chronic syndrome that is expensive and potentially dangerous. This article examines barriers to successful treatment of factitious disorder as manifested by a woman who received services from an urban community mental health center over a 7-year period for the management of multiple mental health issues. The unique role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse is discussed through application of the nursing theory modeling and role modeling.

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