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2019-07-09

The World Health Organization recognises occupational burn-out.

On 28 May 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has included Burn-out in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon. It is not classified as a medical condition.

Burn-out is defined as follows:

“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
  • reduced professional efficacy.

Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”

Burn-out was also included in ICD-10, in the same category as in ICD-11, but the definition is now more detailed.

The WHO is about to embark on the development of evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace.

To download an Infographic for your workplace click the following link - Identifying Burn-out.

Source: The World Health Organization

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