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J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Sep;50(9):981-90. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318184a489.

Using a return-on-investment estimation model to evaluate outcomes from an obesity management worksite health promotion program.

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Health and Productivity Research, Thomson Reuters, Washington, DC, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Certain modifiable risk factors lead to higher health care costs and reduced worker productivity. A predictive return-on-investment (ROI) model was applied to an obesity management intervention to demonstrate the use of econometric modeling in establishing financial justification for worksite health promotion.

METHODS:

Self-reported risk factors (n = 890) were analyzed using chi2 and t test methods. Changes in risk factors, demographics, and financial measures comprised the model inputs that determined medical and productivity savings.

RESULTS:

Over 1 year, 7 of 10 health risks decreased. Of total projected savings ($311,755), 59% were attributed to reduced health care expenditures ($184,582) and 41% resulted from productivity improvements ($127,173), a $1.17 to $1.00 ROI.

CONCLUSIONS:

Using an ROI model to project program savings is a practical way to provide financial justification for investment in worksite health promotion when risk reduction data are available.

PMID:
18784545
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e318184a489
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