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Understanding burnout, part 2

Part 2: what causes burnout and how can organisations reduce the risk?


Following the WHO’s categorisation of burnout as a distinct occupational phenomenon in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, the second part of this exclusive feature examines which factors increase the risk of burnout and what organisations can do to reduce those risks, both at the organisational and individual levels. It also looks briefly at the relevant law.

On 28 May 201the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it would formally classify occupational burnout as a syndrome in the 11th revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which comes into effect on 1 January 20221,2. Burnout is described as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ and the WHO makes clear it is not a medical diagnosis3. ICD-11 classifies burnout as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed…


John Ballard is editor of Occupational Health [at Work]

Author: Ballard J


Occupational Health at Work December/January 2019/2020 (vol. 16/4) pp19-27

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