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Manag Care Interface. 2006 Feb;19(2):43-5.

The role of health-risk appraisals in disease management.

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  • 1Department of Informatics, American Healthways, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, USA.


Managed care organizations and disease management vendors often find themselves in the position of responding to employers who want to administer a health-risk appraisal (HRA) without committing to implementation of a comprehensive health promotion program. The assumption appears to be that information on health risks is sufficient to motivate employees to change their health behaviors in order to reduce estimated health risks. A review of the relevant literature does not substantiate the efficacy of a stand-alone HRA for motivating behavior change. The challenge is to engage employers in informed conversations on what works in health promotion and achieve cost-effective benefits.

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