Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI)

The Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI) is a 16-item scale designed to measure burnout across adults employed in various occupational settings. The OLBI measures both physical and cognitive aspects of burnout as well as disengagement from work.


Evangelia Demerouti. 

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