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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Understanding the relationship between incentive design and participation in US workplace wellness programs
Is more always better when it comes to workplace wellness program design?
Development of the Wellness Program Evaluation Tool
WPET user manual
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