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Half of the people suffering from head injuries fake to receive financial help
Date:1/11/2008

This release is available in Spanish.

How can it be proved that a patient is lying when they say that they have a cognitive problem, such as memory or concentration problems or anxiety" There are many people who exaggerate their injuries and even feign them in order to receive more money from insurance companies or obtain a sick leave, according to a pioneering research in Spain. This research was carried out in the Department of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment University of Granada by Doctor Raquel Vilar Lpez. The conclusions of her study, which focused on patients who suffered from head injuries, speak for themselves: nearly half of the people who go to court feign psycho-cognitive disorders with the objective of profiting from this in some way. They are not hypochondriacs or overanxious or obsessive patients, they just lie in order to receive some sort of compensation, as for example money. They are the so called simulators.

Until now, in Spain no reliable system existed to detect if a person was faking their symptoms. For this reason the study by Vilar Lpez coordinated by Manuel Gmez Ro and Miguel Prez Garca is so important: for the first time, Spanish health professionals have a set of reliable tools to prove empirically if a patient is lying when they declare, for example, that their memory problems renders them unfit for work.

Validated Evidence

The work by this researcher has validated a series of tests which, when used on patients without them being aware of it, detect which patients are simulators and which are not. These neuropsychological tests were included in a three-hour-long battery of neuropsychological tests which assesses other cognitive aspects of the patient in order to disguise the actual tests and in this way obtain the desired information.

Raquel Vilar
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Contact: Raquel Vilar Lpez
raquelvilarlopez@hotmail.com
34-699-407-282
Universidad de Granada
Source:Eurekalert

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