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“The association between burnout and physical illness in the general population—results from the Finnish Health 2000 Study”
Is burnout work related? On present evidence it is not possible to determine whether the physical illness reduced the capacity to cope, or the burnout caused the physical illness, or burnout and physical illness are both the result of some other pathological mechanism.
If a physical, objective health outcome was associated with occupational stress, the scope for claims would be greatly increased.