Impacts of Workplace Health Promotion and Wellness Programs on Health Care Utilization and Costs: Results From an Academic Workplace.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the impacts of a long-standing workplace health promotion (HP) program on health care utilization and costs and estimated return on investment (ROI). METHODS: Analyses used a retrospective, observational cohort design based on 7 years (2005 to 2011) of health claims and HP program participation data for 3829 HP participants and 6617 controls. Inverse propensity score-weighted mixed-model regression methods were used to balance employee demographics and comorbidities by study arm. RESULTS: Mean monthly health care costs were $35 less for HP participants compared with controls, and results were robust based on sensitivity analyses. ROI was estimated to be $2.53 for every dollar spent on the HP program. CONCLUSIONS: Results support a positive impact of HP program participation with regard to reduced health care utilization and costs and a positive ROI.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dement, JM; Epling, C; Joyner, J; Cavanaugh, K

Published Date

  • November 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1159 - 1169

PubMed ID

  • 26539763

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-5948

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000555


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States