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Towards Effective Design and Evaluation of Workplace Wellness Programs

Published Mar 2, 2017

by Benjamin Saul Batorsky

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In an effort to reduce chronic disease burden on the workforce, both public and private initiatives have promoted the rapid expansion of workplace wellness programs to encourage healthy behavior. Despite enthusiasm about these programs, evidence for their effectiveness remains mixed. The major reasons postulated for these mixed results include low participation rates, heterogeneity in program design and non-existent or poorly designed evaluations. In this dissertation, I attempted to address the gaps in the research on program components, their interactions and provide a method for evidence-based evaluation.

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in December 2016 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Christian Van Stolk (Chair), Hangsheng Liu, and Jeanette May.

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