Burn-Out is Now A Medical Condition

May 29, 2019

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A big change is coming to the medical word as the World Health Organization is listing "burn-out" as an official disease. It will become globally recognized in 2022, giving healthcare providers and insurer’s precedent to acknowledge, treat and cover symptoms of 'burn-out'. Its definition is "chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed," and includes these symptoms: 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. Coincidently, another report says that physician "burn-out" costing the US health care system around $4.6 billion a year which is associated with poorer overall quality of patient care, lower patient satisfaction, and malpractice lawsuits, all of which have an economic impact. For now the Mayo Clinic says if you feel you suffer from "burn-out" to talk with your supervisor specific concerns and ways to work together to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions. Seek support, try a relaxing activity, get some exercise and get some sleep.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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