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Abstract

The topic of burnout is becoming increasingly prominent in the literature. PubMed (US National Library of Medicine) listed more than 7,200 articles on the subject of burnout in November 2011. Burnout has often been analyzed in the context of work and specific occupation groups, as well as in connection with partners, parental burnout, and situations in which dementia patients, for example, require care. Burnout can be described as a condition based on the protracted depletion of an individual’s energies, characterized by emotional exhaustion, reduced personal accomplishment, and feelings of insufficiency and depersonalization. Until now, no unified international definition of burnout has existed. What can be done? There are options for individuals and options for employers, organizations, and the environment. However, the burnout syndrome of an individual should always be surveyed and analyzed within the broad comprehensive context of the person concerned, making use of interdisciplinary professional support.

Keywords

Emotional Intelligence Emotional Exhaustion Personal Accomplishment European Agency Burnout Syndrome 
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  1. 1.Dr. Bährer-Kohler & PartnersBaselSwitzerland

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