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Do you know what proportion of your workforce has two or more chronic diseases?

written 02/04/2016 
According to Ward et al. (2014), 1 in 4 Americans suffers from multiple chronic conditions (MCCs) 1.  An increase in the number of conditions one has is accompanied by further limitations on life activities, as well as financial adversity. Some employers are implementing wellness programs to address the complex nature of these illnesses, but few are effective in addressing MCCs due to their focus on lifestyle management programs over disease management. Lifestyle management programs tend to target specific issues, such as obesity or smoking habits. While beneficial to the participants, these programs are not cost-effective2, therefore unsustainable. A disease management intervention, such as the Integrated Health Advocacy Program (IHAP), differs in its ability to identify and support those who suffer from MCCs.

  1. Ward BW, Schiller JS, Goodman RA. Multiple Chronic Conditions Among US Adults: A 2012 Update. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:130389. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.130389
  2. Caloyeras, J. P., Hangsheng, L., Exum, E., Broderick, M., & Mattke, S. (2014). Managing Manifest Diseases, But Not Health Risks, Saved PepsiCo Money Over Seven Years. Health Affairs, 33(1), 124-131 8p. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2013.0625
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