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Do employee health management programs work?

Serxner, Seth; Gold, Daniel; Meraz, Angela; Gray, Ann.
Am J Health Promot ; 23(4): 1-8, iii, 2009.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-19288852
Current peer review literature clearly documents the economic return and Return-on-Investment (ROI) for employee health management (EHM) programs. These EHM programs are defined as: health promotion, self-care, disease management, and case management programs. The evaluation literature for the sub-set of health promotion and disease management programs is examined in this article for specific evidence of the level of economic return in medical benefit cost reduction or avoidance. The article identifies the methodological challenges associated with determination of economic return for EHM programs and summarizes the findings from 23 articles that included 120 peer review study results. The article identifies the average ROI and percent health plan cost impact to be expected for both types of EHM programs, the expected time period for its occurrence, and caveats related to its measurement.