Can factitious disorder imposed on another be prevented?

There is no known way to prevent this disorder. However, it might be helpful to begin treatment in people as soon as they begin to have symptoms. Removing the child or other victim from the care of the person with FDIA can prevent further harm to the victim.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/26/2014.

References

  • American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th ed. Arlington, VA American Psychiatric Publishing .pp 324-326.
  • Stirling J. Beyond Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: Identification and Treatment of Child Abuse in a Medical Setting, Pediatrics. 2007;119:1026-1030. aappublications.org Accessed 01/06/2015.

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