Health Care Cost | Physical Activity Evaluation Measures
Health care cost measures for physical activity1-3
In contrast with the worker productivity costs described above, health care costs are measures of the direct medical expenses of providing employee health care and preventive health programs.
- Determine current health care use and costs for conditions where individuals have a higher risk associated with physical inactivity such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke, and type 2 diabetes
- It is difficult to attribute the effects of enhanced physical activity directly to the costs of health care, but tracking this information over time gives the program evaluator an indication of the physical activity program’s impact
- Determine the health care use and costs of program participants before education and other programs are initiated and after operation of these programs
- Periodic repeats of baseline measures
- Assess changes in health care use and costs from baseline
- Compare health care use and costs of program participants before education and other programs are initiated and after operation of these programs
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Framework for program evaluation in public health. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 1999;48(No. RR-11): 1-40.
2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical activity evaluation handbook. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2002.
3. Goetzel RZ, Ozminkowski RJ. Program evaluation. In: O’Donnell MP, editor. Health promotion in the workplace, 3rd edition. Albany, NY: Delmar Thomson Learning; 2002. p 116-165.