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Burnout is making us worse at our jobs, according to the WHO

Discussion in 'Other health news and research' started by InitialConditions, May 29, 2019.

  1. InitialConditions

    InitialConditions Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    North-West England

    “Burnout” is big this year. The term has been applied to everything from being tired at the weekend to the malaise of an entire generation.

    Now the World Health Organization, an international body to which many others look for guidance, is giving burnout victims legitimacy by including what it calls “burn-out” in the latest version of its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health problems, a handbook for recognized medical conditions. It’s the first time time burnout has been recognized by the organization, Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesman, told reporters.
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  2. Dx Revision Watch

    Dx Revision Watch Senior Member (Voting Rights)


    Except it isn't:

    WHO issued a statement of correction yesterday:


    Burn-out an "occupational phenomenon": International Classification of Diseases

    28 MAY 2019 - Burn-out is included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon. It is not classified as a medical condition.

    It is described in the chapter: ‘Factors influencing health status or contact with health services’ – which includes reasons for which people contact health services but that are not classed as illnesses or health conditions.

    Burn-out is defined in ICD-11 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 World Health Organization is about to embark on the development of evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace.


    Some media sites have now updated their initial reports with amendments.
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  3. Dx Revision Watch

    Dx Revision Watch Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    "Burn-out" has been included in ICD-10 in Chapter: XXI Factors influencing health status and contact with health services at Z73.0 since at least 2003.
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  4. inox

    inox Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    When this was reported in norwegian media, without any linked source, my first thought was 'strange @Dx Revision Watch haven't mentioned this? Must check with S4ME to see what the real story is. :)

    Even if not commenting on the other thead, I do try to follow it and learn from it, just wanted to let you know :)

    (Norwegian news story for reference, seemes like just the same press release as others: - https://www.tv2.no/nyheter/10633026/ )
  5. Dx Revision Watch

    Dx Revision Watch Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Medscape: Burnout Inclusion in ICD-11: Media Got It Wrong, WHO Says

    Megan Brooks,
    June 07, 2019


    Multiple news stories in the lay press stating that burnout is now an official medical diagnosis, according to the World Health Organization's new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), are incorrect, according to the WHO.

    "There was a misunderstanding. 'Burnout' has not in fact been recognized by WHO as a medical condition...
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  6. Dx Revision Watch

    Dx Revision Watch Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    For ICD-11, there is also a "caregiver burn out" in the Index terms for:

    QF27 Difficulty or need for assistance at home and no other household member able to render care



    This entity does not have a definition at the moment. You may suggest a definition using our Proposal System available under the Contibutions menu.

    All Index Terms
    • Difficulty or need for assistance at home and no other household member able to render care
    • lack of care in home
    • lack of person able to render necessary care
    • dependent on care provider and no other household member able to render care
    • caregiver burn out
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