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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Dianna Sorenson


employee health promotion, employee health program cost effectiveness, cost of medical care


This descriptive comparative study includes analysis of the mean difference between the amount of third-party payments made to health care providers on behalf of the following groups of worksite-based health promotion program participants: (I) successful participants; (2) unsuccessful participants; and (3) participants whose success or unsuccess could not be determined.
The data for 286 subjects, ages 41-67, were collected from 1993 through 1996 by a third-party pay or and by the staff of a northern plains hospital-based health promotion program. Data were provided to the researcher in the form of databases.
Results of a three-way analysis of variance of 766 separate observations indicate that a significantly greater number of payments were made on behalf of successful participants than were made on behalf of the other two groups. In addition, mean payments made on behalf of female subjects were significantly greater than those made on behalf of male subjects. The results suggest that successful participation in a worksite-based health promotion program does not result in lower health care costs.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Employee health promotion
Employees -- Health programs -- Cost effectiveness
Medical care, Cost of



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