The effectiveness of health promotion at the University of Minnesota: Expenditures, absenteeism, and participation in specific programs

John A Nyman, Nathan A. Barleen, Jean M Abraham

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of the University of Minnesota's worksite health promotion program in reducing health care expenditures during the first 2 years of the program; to investigate the program's effect on absenteeism; and to study the effect of specific disease- or lifestyle-management programs on both health care expenditures and absenteeism. Methods: Health care expenditures and absenteeism of program participants were compared with those who were eligible but did not participate. Differences-in-differences regression equations with random effects were used to account for selection. Results: Participation in the general disease management program over 2 years was associated with significant reductions in expenditures, as was participation in programs for certain specific diseases. No consistently significant absenteeism or lifestyle management effects were found. Conclusions: Although the program significantly reduced expenditures, it did not generate a positive return on investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-280
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

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