Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings

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Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings

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dc.contributor.author Baicker, Katherine
dc.contributor.author Cutler, David M.
dc.contributor.author Song, Zirui
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-15T20:31:15Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Baicker, Katherine, David Cutler, and Zirui Song. 2010. Workplace wellness programs can generate savings. Health Affairs 29(2): 304-311. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0278-2715 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:5345879
dc.description.abstract With health care expenditures soaring, there is increasing interest in workplace-based disease prevention and health promotion as a means of improving health while lowering costs. We conduct a critical meta-analysis of the literature on costs and savings associated such programs, focusing on studies with particularly rigorous methods and examining effects on health care costs and absenteeism. We find that medical costs fall about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs, and absentee day costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent. This average return on investment suggests that the wider adoption of such programs could prove beneficial for budgets and productivity as well as health outcomes. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Economics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Project HOPE en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0626 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.title Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Health Affairs en_US
dash.depositing.author Cutler, David M.
dc.date.available 2011-11-15T20:31:15Z

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