Wellness Coaching Impact on Employee Health Outcomes

The Problem


The primary objective of this project is to identify outcomes associated with employee health coaching initiatives on a variety of potential outcomes, including health claims, health risk status, and preventative health utilization. Secondary objectives include examination of demographic, psychosocial, and health factors associated with variation in the effectiveness of coaching.


Two primary data sets and methodologies are being implemented to reach these objectives. First, an analysis of an existing deidentified data set of longitudinal health claims and risk information associated with a variety of regional employers is being analyzed to evaluate outcomes of approximately 500 wellness coached employees with a propensity scored matched set of uncoached employees. Second, coached individuals are participating in an online survey to evaluate additional psychosocial and self-reported outcomes associated with coaching participation. The survey focuses on wellness coaching communication characteristics and their impact of employee health self-management processes.

Potential Impact

Employers are increasingly investing in wellness and prevention oriented initiatives. However, short and long-term impact of such interventions needs investigation. Additionally, this project should help profile employee characteristics that respond best to this type of health intervention to improve targeting appropriate employees in the future.

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