Estimating the Return on Investment From a Health Risk Management Program Offered to Small Colorado-Based Employers.
Goetzel, Ron Z. PhD; Tabrizi, Maryam MS, PhD; Henke, Rachel Mosher PhD; Benevent, Richele MS; Brockbank, Claire v. S. MS; Stinson, Kaylan MSPH; Trotter, Margo RN, BScN, MHSc; Newman, Lee S. MD, MA
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
56(5):554-560, May 2014.
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Objective: To determine whether changes in health risks for workers in small businesses can produce medical and productivity cost savings.
Methods: A 1-year pre- and posttest study tracked changes in 10 modifiable health risks for 2458 workers at 121 Colorado businesses that participated in a comprehensive worksite health promotion program. Risk reductions were entered into a return-on-investment (ROI) simulation model.
Results: Reductions were recorded in 10 risk factors examined, including obesity (-2.0%), poor eating habits (-5.8%), poor physical activity (-6.5%), tobacco use (-1.3%), high alcohol consumption (-1.7%), high stress (-3.5%), depression (-2.3%), high blood pressure (-0.3%), high total cholesterol (-0.9%), and high blood glucose (-0.2%). The ROI model estimated medical and productivity savings of $2.03 for every $1.00 invested.
Conclusions: Pooled data suggest that small businesses can realize a positive ROI from effective risk reduction programs.
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