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The World Health Organization is bringing attention to the problem of work-related stress.
The group announced this week that it is updating its definition of burnout in the new version of its handbook of diseases, the International Classification of Diseases — ICD-11 —which will go into effect in January 2022.
The new definition calls it a "syndrome" and specifically ties burnout to "chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." WHO does not classify the problem as a medical condition. It calls burnout an "occupational phenomenon" and includes it in a chapter on "factors influencing health status or contact with health services."
According to WHO, burnout is characterized by "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."
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