Burnout syndrome as an occupational disease in the European Union: an exploratory study

A Lastovkova, Melanie Carder, HM Rasmussen , L Sjoberg, GJ de Groene , R Sauni, J Vevoda, S Vevodova, G Lasfargues, M Svartengren, M Varga , C Colossio, D Pelclova

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The risk of psychological disorders influencing the health of workers increases in accordance with growing requirements on employees across various professions. This study aimed to compare approaches to the burnout syndrome in European countries. A questionnaire focusing on stress-related occupational diseases was distributed to national experts of 28 European Union countries. A total of 23 countries responded. In 9 countries (Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden) burnout syndrome may be acknowledged as an occupational disease. Latvia has burnout syndrome explicitly included on the List of ODs. Compensation for burnout syndrome has been awarded in Denmark, France, Latvia, Portugal and Sweden.Only in 39% of the countries a possibility to acknowledge burnout syndrome as an occupational disease exists, with most of compensated cases only occurring in recent years. New systems to collect data on suspected cases have been developed reflecting the growing recognition of the impact of the psychosocial work environment. In agreement with the EU legislation, all EU countries in the study have an action plan to prevent stress at the workplace.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial health
Early online date3 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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