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The World Health Organization has outlined the symptoms of burn-out from workplace stress in its latest report and is preparing to start work on mental health at work.
The World Health Organization has identified the symptoms of burn-out, recognising it as an occupational hazard as concerns about mental well being in the workplace rise up the agenda.
The term is included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon rather than a medical condition.
It is described in the chapter ‘Factors influencing health status or contact with health services’ – which includes the reasons people contact health services which are not classed as illnesses or health conditions.
Burn-out is defined in ICD-11 as follows:
“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterised by three dimensions:
Burn-out was also included in ICD-10, in the same category as in ICD-11, but the definition is now more detailed.
The World Health Organization will be developing evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace over the next months.