secondary gain


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sec·on·dar·y gain

interpersonal or social advantages (for example, assistance, attention, sympathy) gained indirectly from organic illness. Compare: primary gain.
The external gain derived from having an illness or symptoms thereof—e.g., increased attention and service, sympathy, social interaction, money, disability benefits, release from unpleasant responsibility

secondary gain

Psychiatry The external gain derived from an illness or Sx thereof–eg, ↑ attention and service, sympathy, social interaction, money, disability benefits, release from unpleasant responsibility. Cf Primary gain.

sec·on·dar·y gain

(sek'ŏn-dar-ē gān)
Interpersonal or social advantages (e.g., assistance, attention, sympathy) gained indirectly from illness.
Compare: primary gain

Secondary gain

The social, occupational, or interpersonal advantages that a patient derives from symptoms. A patient's being relieved of his or her share of household chores by other family members would be an example of secondary gain.
Mentioned in: Somatoform Disorders
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Suspect malingering in patients who have attempted suicide and have an obvious secondary gain. Perform a thorough psychosocial assessment, evaluate the patient's history through collateral sources and medical records, and carefully assess and treat comorbid psychiatric disorders.
A target is the disorder feigned for secondary gain. For example, a litigant may fake cognitive impairment and disorientation to establish head trauma in a personal injury suit.
The authors of the current paper contend that duration of reported symptoms does not necessarily imply the secondary gain of compensation associated with malingering.
If defense counsel cannot get your expert to admit the possibility of malingering, they may get him or her to admit the possibility of secondary gain, particularly where the plaintiff's symptoms persevere.
Thus, investigators should consider the possibility of MSBP if they believe there to be some secondary gain - in the form of attention or notoriety - afforded the offender at the expense of the victim.
Amazingly, most companies' bottom lines came through the refi campaign relatively unscathed, thanks only to great support from the secondary gain and warehouse income contingents.
Factors that seemed to contribute to long-term response in this small group of patients included a report of sleeping at least half of the time while in bed, increased hypnotic susceptibility, no history of major depression, and a lack of secondary gain.
Unfortunately, there are patients who use statements such as "I am hearing voices telling me to kill myself and others" in order to be admitted to hospitals or for secondary gain. Getting or attempting to get details about these "voices" and documenting what we are told can be an invaluable part of a patient's records.
There would be no secondary gain and charts would be reviewed based on actual evidence-based medicine.
Some girls learn to get secondary gain from the problem, complaining of symptoms and asking a parent to look at the problem area, sometimes for attention and sometimes to avoid unwanted tasks.
Some of the factors that would tend to increase the risks of living unrelated kidney donation are significant psychiatric symptoms or disorders; substance abuse or dependence; a lack of health insurance; a limited capacity to understand risks; motives reflecting a desire for recognition; a subordinate relationship to the patient, such as employee or employer; or an expectation of secondary gain.
I have more time to focus on my specialty in osteopathic manipulative medicine and discuss options for conservative nonsurgical treatment of neck and back pain now that the litigious nature of worrying about the secondary gain of drug-seeking behavior is someone else's responsibility.