The research examined the impact of a worksite health promotion program on short-term disability (STD) days in a large telecommunications company. A comprehensive health promotion program was developed to reduce health care costs, improve employee satisfaction, and enhance the employer’s image. Key features of the program included reimbursement for employees participating in the Health Risk Assessment and in wellness or fitness activities. Other features included occupational health services, targeted interventions for high-risk employees, self-care materials and a nurse advice line. Future program evaluation efforts will address the impact on medical care costs related to program participation.
The study, “The Impact of a Worksite Health Promotion Program on Short-Term Disability Usage,” was published in the January 2001 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) and is available on the JOEM website.