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Using Tailored Emails to Motivate Healthy Behavior Among Employees

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Identifier:
First received: September 2, 2005
Last updated: July 31, 2007
Last verified: July 2007
The purpose of this research is to evaluate the efficacy of a multi-component email health promotion program on employee adoption of health promoting behaviors and secondarily on health status, work productivity and health care costs.

Condition Intervention
Health Behavior Behavioral: Sequential emails and web support

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Using Tailored Emails to Motivate Healthy Behavior, Improve Health Status, & Reduce Health Care Costs in Employee Populations: A Randomized Trial

Further study details as provided by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical Activity
  • Fruit and Vegetable intake

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Antecedents to behavior change
  • Health status
  • Work productivity
  • Costs

Estimated Enrollment: 2000
Study Start Date: December 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2005
Detailed Description:

The Specific Aims are:

  • To demonstrate the feasibility and assess the acceptability of email health promotion among diverse employee groups;
  • To evaluate short and intermediate-term changes in health behaviors (e.g., daily fruit/vegetable intake, weekly physical activity) at 6 and 12 months;
  • To assess change in health status (SF-12), work productivity, and healthcare costs among email program users and controls;
  • To identify person predictors of sustained voluntary participation in a 6 month email health promotion program among the workforce population;
  • To disseminate the results to maximize influence on e-health promotion, employer health promotion programs, health insurance policy, and research.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult employee of participating worksite
  • Access to desktop computer

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Under 18 years of age
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00147927

Sponsors and Collaborators
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Principal Investigator: Patricia D Franklin, MD MPH MBA University of Massachusetts, Worcester
  More Information

Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2003; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2003(b).
Roizen MF, Stephenson M. Real Age: Are you as Young as you Can Be? Cliff Street Books 1996. Identifier: NCT00147927     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 49924
Study First Received: September 2, 2005
Last Updated: July 31, 2007

Keywords provided by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
health promotion
behavior change
health status
work productivity
healthcare cost
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