The effects of two workplace weight management programs and weight loss on health care utilization and costs
Published Date:Feb 2016
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 58(2):162-169.
Health Care Costs
Health Care Utilization
Occupational Health Services
Randomized Controlled Trial
Weight Loss Intervention
Weight Reduction Programs
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4746003
Funding:R01 OH009468/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
Compare the impact of two worksite weight management programs, WM (education) and WM+ (education plus counseling), on health care utilization and costs. Secondarily, compare the intervention groups to an observational control group of obese workers. Finally, evaluate the impact of actual weight loss on these outcomes.
Estimate the change in the WM and WM+ intervention groups. Using propensity score adjustment compare the two intervention groups with the observational control group; and compare those who lost weight with those who did not.
No significant differences between the two intervention groups, or between these intervention groups and the observational control group. Those who lost weight reduced their overall health care costs.
To achieve weight loss and associated morbidity reductions, more extensive and intensive interventions, with more attention to motivation and compliance, are required.
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