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Collecting Employee Wellness Data Can Up Screening Rates

Last Updated: July 17, 2013.

Higher participation in health risk assessments among employee wellness program members may improve cancer screening rates, according to research published online July 11 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Higher participation in health risk assessments (HRAs) among employee wellness program (EWP) members may improve cancer screening rates, according to research published online July 11 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

Siu-kuen Azor Hui, Ph.D., from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and colleagues identified employees who completed HRAs as part of the Kansas state EWP in both 2008 and 2009 (6,205 participants). Among participants who were initially non-adherent to cancer screening guidelines, factors associated with subsequent adherence were assessed.

The researchers found that, at baseline, adherence to screening was high for breast (92.5 percent), cervical (91.8 percent), and colorectal cancer (72.7 percent). Among participants who were initially non-adherent, 52.4 percent became adherent the following year for breast cancer screening, 41.3 percent for cervical cancer screening, and 33.5 percent for colorectal cancer screening. Increased adherence was predicted by suburban/urban residence and more frequent doctor visits.

"Improving overall adherence to cancer screening guidelines among employees will require efforts to increase HRA participation, stronger interventions for non-adherent participants, and better access to screening for rural employees," the authors write.

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