Stress test: saliva swab detects workplace burnout

17th July 2018

A simple saliva test can show within hours whether someone on the job is overly stressed and at risk of burnout, researchers said Friday.

Measuring levels of the anti-stress hormone cortisol at different times of the day more accurately reveals stress levels than more complicated measures, including blood tests, they reported in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports.

In experiments, scientists compared healthy workers with burnout patients diagnosed by psychologists.

“People who were identified as having a high level of work-related stress had noticeably higher cortisol values at midday and also in the evening,” the study said.

“This means that we can use these markets for preventively identifying people who are at greater risk of burnout.”

The results were nearly “100 percent accurate,” the researchers said in a statement.

Workplace stress is increasingly recognised as a widespread and costly problem.

source/read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/stress-test-saliva-swab-detects-workplace-burnout-162145768.html

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