What Do Workplace Wellness Programs Do? We designed a large-scale, randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate their effectiveness. The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study is a large, randomized controlled trial of a comprehensive wellness program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study is designed to:
- Examine the effects of financial incentives on workplace wellness participation
- Investigate who benefits from workplace wellness programs
- Estimate the causal effect of workplace wellness on employee health care costs, health behaviors, well-being, and productivity
- Test for peer effects in wellness program participation
The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study aims to inform the national conversation surrounding workplace wellness, drawing from strong scientific evidence and an innovative study design. The study's findings will empower employers, public health professionals, and policymakers to make more informed decisions regarding the implementation of workplace wellness programs throughout the United States. Below we summarize the first set of results from the multi-year study.
The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study is registered with the American Economic Review registry for randomized controlled trials at: https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1368
This project is supported by the National Institute on Aging, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.
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CITATION: JAMA Internal Medicine, May 2020