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On February 7-9, 2003, took place in Berlin the annual plenary session of the European Forum of Medical Associations (EFMA) and the WHO. Two statements were adopted by consensus: one concerning the "Burnout"-syndrome among physicians, and another one on actions to reduce tobacco smoking in Europe.

"Burnout"-syndrome is increasing among the medical profession. This problem not only compromises the health of the physician but also the quality of health care provision and the care of patients.

The Forum encourages WHO to recognise the serious consequences of the burnout-syndrome and alerts its members to it, urging for an increase in the awareness of this problem. EFMA also calls for international research into the personal, social and structural causes of this

EFMA welcomes the introduction of the European Union Directive to limit cross-border tobacco advertising off tobacco, and reaffirms its support for a complete ban on all forms of tobacco promotion, advertising and sponsorship.

Finally, the Forum reaffirms its support for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and endorses the Doctors’ Manifesto for Global Tobacco Control, launched on 21/10/2002.

For further information on the European Forum of Medical Associations and WHO:

http://www.euro.who.int/healthcaredelivery/20021113_1