On Monday, WHO indicated that burnout, a concept commonly translated as "professional exhaustion", had been included in the new International Classification of Diseases.
The list is based on the findings of experts from around the world and is used to establish health trends and statistics.
But on Tuesday a spokesman spoke up for a correction and explained that burnout was already in the previous classification in the chapter "Factors that Influence Health".
"The inclusion in this chapter means precisely that burnout is not conceptualized as a medical condition, but as a phenomenon linked to work," the spokesman wrote in a statement to the press.
He pointed out that only the definition of 'burnout' has been modified in the light of current research. "
The problem has been described as "a syndrome resulting from chronic stress at work that has not been successfully managed" and is characterized by three elements: "feeling of exhaustion, cynicism or negative feelings related to their work and reduced professional effectiveness."
The WHO record explains that exhaustion "refers specifically to phenomena related to the professional context and should not be used to describe experiences in other areas of life."
The new classification, called IPC-11, published last year, was approved during the 72nd WHO World Health Assembly and will come into effect on January 1, 2022.
The WHO Disease Classification establishes a common language that facilitates the exchange of information among health professionals around the globe.