Burnout prevention team-process evaluation of an organizational health intervention

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Aim: 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. Results: 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.

Conclusion: 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.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-754
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Public Health (Germany)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

External IDs

Scopus 85075075241


Sustainable Development Goals


  • Burnout prevention, Health care, Organizational health intervention, Qualitative process evaluation