Journal of Public Health

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 743–754 | Cite as

Burnout prevention team-process evaluation of an organizational health intervention

  • Gabriele BuruckEmail author
  • Anne Tomaschek
  • Sarah S. Lütke-Lanfer
Original Article



The present study focuses on the implementation and evaluation of the organizational intervention “Burnout Prevention Team” (BPT). The BPT relies on a standardized procedure and is theoretically based on the Areas of Worklife—an emprical framework of well-established work-related factors that evidently induce job burnout.

Subjects and methods

To evaluate BPT, the process of intervention implementation was examined drawing on an evidence-based model of process evaluation with the focus on inititation, activities, and implementation strategies.


BPT was conducted in nine health care institutions. Results emphasize the relevance of ensuring management support as well as developing a sound communication and information strategy within the initiation phase. Regarding intervention activities, providing employees with knowledge about the burnout concept and trigger factors turned out to be an essential prerequisite for developing successful intervention solutions. Overall, in each institution 7 to 12 solutions to institution-specific problems were developed. Approximately 1 year after the solutions were launched at least 70% were partially or completely implemented.


The general high implementation rate suggests that the BPT can be proposed as a successful example for an organizational-focused approach that should be highly exportable to other health care institutions.


Burnout prevention Organizational health intervention Qualitative process evaluation Health care 



Heartfelt thanks to all participants in the study, whose enthusiasm continues to inspire us.

Compliance with ethical standards

The study was funded by the Gesundheitskasse für Sachsen und Thüringen (AOK Plus, Prof. Richter) and was partly supported by the Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW Dresden). All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of interest

Gabriele Buruck declares that she has no conflict of interest. Anne Tomaschek declares that he has no conflict of interest. Sarah Lütke-Lanfer declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriele Buruck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anne Tomaschek
    • 2
  • Sarah S. Lütke-Lanfer
    • 3
  1. 1.Health and Healthcare SciencesWestsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, University of Applied SciencesZwickauGermany
  2. 2.School of Science, Faculty of PsychologyTU DresdenDresdenGermany
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of FreiburgBreisgauGermany

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