The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday (May 28) that "burnout" remains an "occupational phenomenon" that could lead someone to seek care but it is not considered a medical condition.
The clarification came a day after the WHO mistakenly said it had listed burnout in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) for the first time.
WHO has now defined burnout as "a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed". "Burnout refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life," according to the definition.
It said the syndrome was characterised 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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