Health Risk Assessment
Health risk assessment programs are best implemented after carefully considering a number of different things.
Health Risk Assessment: The First Step
Health risk assessment screening tools used to identify health risk factors related to the health of workers. Often referred to as a Health Risk Appraisal they are used primarily in the data collection phase of designing an employee wellness program. Not only do they expose risk factors affecting medical care costs but they also serve as an educational tool to help motivate lifestyle changes among those assessed.
In general terms a health risk assessment will include 80-100 questions related to staff member lifestyle choices including tobacco use, exercise, stress, nutrition, and safety habits.
Health Risk Assessment: What Information Should They Provide?
Designing an effective employee wellness program takes plenty of time and preparation. As you are probably aware, one of the first steps in designing employee wellness programs is data collection. A health risk assessment is necessity for any wellness program and should be done at least every other year in conjunction with staff member health screenings. Starting an employee wellness program without first implementing a health risk assessment is like taking a trip to an unknown place without a road map. It's a must!
A health risk assessment can also serve as an employee wellness program in itself as they enhance workers' awareness of individual health risk factors that they might not have known otherwise.
Health Risk Assessment: Reporting
Once completed, workers will receive a personalized report highlighting their current health status and risk factors. A good report will include an overall wellness score as well as a score showing how well they are doing in each section of the health risk assessment. Employees are frequently scored on physical activity, stress, cancer risk, heart disease risk, and nutritional habits.
Employers should also receive an aggregate report or executive summary. These reports provide a detailed overview of the data collected during the screening process. Reports should provide information on:
- Staff members At Risk for Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke
- Percentage of Low Nutritional Scores
- Physical Inactivity Levels Among Staff members
- Mental and Physical Health Scores
- Preventable Risk Factors Scale
- Distribution of Stages of Change Among Employees
- And Other Important Health Factors
Health Risk Assessment: Confidentiality
Confidentiality is important to consider when collecting staff member health data. Staff members should be assured that that their information will will NOT be shared or reviewed by their company. It should also be understood that their employment is not contingent on the results of the health risk assessment reports.
For groups with 50 workers or less, it is not recommended that you receive an aggregate report / executive summary. It simply becomes to easy for an employer to single out staff member health data thereby jeopardizing staff member confidentiality.
Depending on the health risk assessment vendor you select, other reports may be included. Some samples of other wellness reports that one might receive are: Wellness Program ROI and Productivity Reports, Health Screening Reports and more.
Health Risk Assessment: Conclusion
The more information you can get from the health risk assessment process the better as it will be easier to assess change, make adjustments, obtain management support and funding!
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