Provide confidential health risk appraisals.
A Health Risk Appraisal is a technique for determining the presence of disease and estimation the risk that someone with certain characteristics will develop disease within a given time span. The three components of a Health Risk Appraisal are: 1) questionnaire, 2) risk calculation, and 3) educational reports.
Health Risk Appraisals:
Are easy to use.
Are popular with clients and may increase participation in health promotion programs.
Provide a systematic approach to organizing preventive health information and tend to emphasize modifiable risk factors.
May provide data on stages of change for behavioral risk factors.
Provide group data that summarize major health problems and risk factors.
May increase motivation to make positive behavior changes, when integrated into a broader health promotion program.
Limitations of the Health Risk Appraisal:
It does not diagnose disease.
It does not provide a complete medical history, nor is it a substitute for a medical exam.
It is not a predictor of an individual’s medical future, chances of death, or most likely cause of death.
It is not an assessment of social or environmental risk factor.
It is not a health promotion program in itself.
On average, a Health Risk Appraisal cost $15 - $50 per employee.
Require a computer-literate population
Pen and paper appraisals
Take longer for feedback
HEALTHBREAK, Inc.: www.healthbreakinc.com
Institute for Health and Productivity Management: www.ihpm.org
Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems: www.jjhcshealth-fitness.com
May Clinic Health Management Resources: www.mayoclinichmr.org
Med-Well, Inc.: www.medwellinc.com
Occupational Health Strategies: www.healthyself.org/handbook1.htm
Handbook of Health Assessment Tools
Summex Corporation: www.summex.com