User-Friendly Guide for Employers Suggests Ways to Prevent Disease, Promote Health in Employees

Development of an updated clinical preventive services guide for employers, consumers, and benefits managers

In January 2005, the National Business Group on Health, Washington, produced and released the second Employer's Guide to Health Improvement and Preventive Services.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force of the U.S. Public Health Service, an independent panel of nationally known experts in primary care and evidence-based medicine, publishes a widely respected Guide to Clinical Preventive Services that recommends appropriate design of preventive services.

The guidelines, however, are written in a format for providers that is less suitable for corporate human resource executives.

Key Results

  • The publication translates research evidence on clinical preventive services (e.g., screening, counseling and immunization) released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force into nonclinical business language.
  • It also provides guidance for employers on the development and implementation of disease prevention and health promotion interventions.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a $619,608 grant from December 2001 through February 2005.

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