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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181845fe2
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Incentives and Other Factors Associated With Employee Participation in Health Risk Assessments

Taitel, Michael S. PhD; Haufle, Vincent MPH; Heck, Debi MA; Loeppke, Ronald MD, MPH; Fetterolf, Donald MD, MBA

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Objectives: Investigate factors associated with employee participation rates in health risk assessments.

Methods: This cross-sectional study using multiple regression analyzed data from 124 employers with 882,275 eligible employees who completed 344,825 health and productivity assessments (HPAs).

Results: Incentive value and Communications and Organizational Commitment Level (Com/Org Level) were the strongest predictors of HPA completion rates. Employer size and a Gateway Model were also significant predictors. In addition, a correlation of variables showed other important relationships. To achieve a 50% HPA completion rate, employers with a low Com/Org Level will need an incentive value of approximately $120 whereas employers with a high Com/Org Level only need approximately $40—a difference of $80 dollars.

Conclusion: This applied study offers empirical evidence to help employers increase their employees' participation in health risk assessments.

©2008The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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