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The future of health promotion/disease prevention programs: the incentives and barriers faced by stakeholders.

Authors
Schult-TMK; McGovern-PM; Dowd-B; Pronk-NP
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2006 Jun; 48(6):541-548
NIOSHTIC No.
20037457
Abstract
According to Healthy People 2010, 95% of employers with more than 50 employees reported that they offered at least one health promotion activity by 1999. Employment-based health promotion/disease prevention (hp/dp) programs have significantly increased in frequency and scope since 1985. Yet, 20 years later, the reported results for employee health lag behind the literature documenting the impact of lifestyle-related health risks on morbidity, healthcare utilization, and costs. In this article, we consider the key stakeholders involved-employers, health plans, and employees-and explore their legitimate and feasible roles in employment-based hp/dp programs, including the incentives and barriers they face to program participation. We argue for the integration of hp/dp programs into the traditional health protection mission of occupational health and safety professionals.
Keywords
Biological-effects; Health-programs; Medical-services; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Physiological-effects; Physiological-factors; Physiological-response; Psychological-factors; Work-environment; Workplace-studies
Contact
Tamara M. K. Schult, MPH, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Box 807 MMC, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20060601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
knud0104@umn.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008434
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MN
Performing Organization
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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