Munchausen by internet: current research and future directions.

Pulman, A. and Taylor, J., 2012. Munchausen by internet: current research and future directions. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14 (4), e115 - .

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DOI: 10.2196/jmir.2011


The Internet has revolutionized the health world, enabling self-diagnosis and online support to take place irrespective of time or location. Alongside the positive aspects for an individual's health from making use of the Internet, debate has intensified on how the increasing use of Web technology might have a negative impact on patients, caregivers, and practitioners. One such negative health-related behavior is Munchausen by Internet.

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Additional Information:This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Factitious Disorders ; Humans ; Internet ; Malingering ; Motivation ; Munchausen Syndrome ; Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy ; Self-Help Groups ; Social Networking
Subjects:Generalities > Computer Science and Informatics
Technology > Medicine and Health
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:20903
Deposited By: Associate Professor Jacqui Taylor
Deposited On:31 Jul 2013 13:26
Last Modified:09 Dec 2014 16:09


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