ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PDF OnlyThe pursuit of illness for secondary gainDavidhizar, Ruth R.N., D.N.S., C.S.Author Information Assistant Dean Chair for Nursing Bethel College Mishawaka, Indiana Health Care Supervisor: September 1994 - Volume 13 - Issue 1 - p 10-15 Buy Abstract Secondary gain is defined as the advantage that occurs secondary to stated or real illness. Transition into the sick role may have some incidental secondary gains for patients. Types of secondary gain include using illness for personal advantage, exaggerating symptoms, consciously using symptoms for gain, and unconsciously presenting symptoms with no physiological basis. These symptoms may contribute to the social breakdown syndrome and the patient's choice to remain in the sick role. © Williams & Wilkins 1994. All Rights Reserved.