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J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Feb;55(2):209-22. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182728d3c.

A systematic review of the evidence concerning the economic impact of employee-focused health promotion and wellness programs.

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  • 1Program on Health, Work and Productivity, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02111, USA. Dlerner@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the evidence regarding the economic impact of worker health promotion programs.

OBJECTIVE:

Peer-reviewed research articles were identified from a database search. Included articles were published between January 2000 and May 2010, described a study conducted in the United States that used an experimental or quasi-experimental study design and analyzed medical, pharmacy (direct), and/or work productivity (indirect) costs. A multidisciplinary review team, following specific criteria, assessed research quality.

RESULTS:

Of 2030 retrieved articles, 44 met study inclusion criteria. Of these, 10 were of sufficient quality to be considered evidentiary. Only three analyzed direct and indirect costs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Evidence regarding economic impact is limited and inconsistent. Higher-quality research is needed to demonstrate the value of specific programs.

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