This research briefing reviews the literature on fabricated or induced illness (FII), a form of child abuse where a child is presented for medical attention with symptoms or signs which have been fabricated or induced by the child's carer (also know as Munchausen syndrome by proxy). The briefing looks at the findings from research on the prevalence of FII, what is know about the carers (usually mothers) who fabricate or induce illness in their child and the risks to the child. It also considers the difficulties in recognising FII and the management of a situation where FII is diagnosed. Includes implications for practice and policy recommendations.
|Publisher||Department of Health/NSPCC/University of Sheffield|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2011|