Impact of Financial Incentives on Behavior Change Program Participation and Risk Reduction in Worksite Health Promotion

StayWell Research

The StayWell study examines the impact of financial incentives on behavior change program registration, completion, and risk improvement rates and concludes that offering incentives for completing behavior change programs may increase completion rates, but increased health improvement does not necessarily follow.  StayWell will continue to evaluate how incentives influence participation, engagement, and behavior change to provide our clients with the best available information to support the effective and cost-effective use of incentives.

The study, “Impact of Financial Incentives on Behavior Change Program Participation and Risk Reduction in Worksite Health Promotion,” authored by StayWell’s Chief Health Officer David Anderson, Ph.D., Heidi Koland, MS; and Stefan Gingerich, MS;  was published in the November/December 2012 American Journal of health Promotion (AJHP) and is available on the AJHP website.

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