In the immortal words of the great philosopher Roy Orbison: “It’s over. It’s over. It’s ooooo-verrrr.”
The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article today that — very much like the National Bureau of Economic Research’s conclusion — reported a controlled trial in which it was shown that wellness did nothing. Nada. Zilch.
Here is some of the exact language:
With respect to the clinical measures of health obtained using biometric screening, 29% of employees in the primary control group had high cholesterol, 23% had hypertension, and 43% were obese. No statistically significant differences were detected between the employees in the control group worksites and treatment group worksites at the end of the 18 months. Similarly, the authors found no significant differences in mean medical care spending or utilization.
So it looks like the only academic researcher who still believes this nonsense works is Prof. Katherine Baicker, whose 2010 “Harvard study” in Health Affairs launched the industry into the Affordable Care Act.
Wait a second…am I reading this correctly? Seems like this research was conducted and reported by Katherine Baicker. She invalidated her only earlier work, much like I did 12 years ago when I pointed out all my previous findings in disease management were wrong.
Needless to say, the wellness industry is not very happy about this. Here is their official response: