Using Tailored Emails to Motivate Healthy Behavior Among Employees

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00147927
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 7, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 1, 2007
Information provided by:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Health Behavior Behavioral: Sequential emails and web support Not Applicable

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.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 2000 participants
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
Study Start Date : December 2003
Study Completion Date : December 2005

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Physical Activity
  2. Fruit and Vegetable intake

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Antecedents to behavior change
  2. Health status
  3. Work productivity
  4. Costs

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00147927

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

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
First Posted: September 7, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 1, 2007
Last Verified: July 2007

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