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TitleEffects of an incentive-based online physical activity intervention on health care costs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLu, C., Schultz A. B., Sill S., Petersen R., Young J. M., & Edington D. W.
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume50
Issue11
Pagination1209 - 1215
Date Published2008/11//
ISBN Number1536-5948
KeywordsAdult, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Exercise, Female, Health Care Costs, Health Promotion, Humans, Insurance, Health, Internet, Male, Middle Aged, Motivation, Motor Activity, Occupational Health, Reward, United States, User-Computer Interface
Abstract

To test whether participation in an incentive-based online physical activity program for employees was associated with a moderation in health care costs.Health care claims trends from 2003 to 2005 were analyzed among a matched sample of participants and nonparticipants. Medical and pharmacy costs, hospital inpatient costs, and emergency room costs were examined.
The average annual health care costs for participants increased by $291 per year compared with an increase of $360 for nonparticipants (P = 0.09). Higher levels of participation were associated with smaller increases in health care costs. Participants had a significantly smaller increase in inpatient hospital costs (+$20 vs +$119), heart disease costs ($-8 vs $46), and diabetic costs (+$1 vs +$16) compared with nonparticipants.
Participation in an online employee physical activity intervention was associated with smaller increases in health care costs compared to nonparticipants.

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19001947

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