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Comment & Response
December 21, 2020

Employee Wellness Programs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Quality Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York
  • 2University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2021;181(2):291-292. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.5748

To the Editor We read the Original Investigation by Reif et al1 with interest. In this study, the authors conducted a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the association of a comprehensive employee wellness program with employee health outcomes, health beliefs, and medical use after 12 to 24 months. They found that there was no significant association with employee health, but that there was a significant increase in the proportion of employees who reported to have a primary care physician (PCP), and there was an improvement in employee beliefs about their own health. The conclusion from this study and others2 that wellness programs in general are unlikely to significantly improve employee health or reduce medical use is a hasty one.

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