The relationship between wellness participation and health care benefit utilization.

S. J. Astrup, P. M. McGovern, L. K. Kochevar

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To examine the relationship between participation in a wellness program and the amount of absenteeism and medical claims, seven years of retrospective absenteeism and medical claims records were collected for 207 employees (pre- and postwellness intervention) and entered into a database. A proportional stratified random sample of workers by wellness participation was selected. While there was no significant change in the amount of sick leave taken over time, a log transformation revealed a significant increase in the dollar amount of medical claims over time, particularly for the middle-aged group of employees. This confirms that wellness intervention slowed the rate of increasing claims among middle-aged participants after just three years of wellness intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalBenefits quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2 1992


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