The June issue of Health Affairs reveals the conclusion of the definitive 3-year randomized control trial on wellness, conducted by the industry’s leading research team, Professor Katherine Baicker (now dean of the University of Chicago’s School of Public Health!) and Professor Zirui Song, of Harvard Medical School.
“No significant differences were found in self-reported health; clinical markers of health; health care spending or use; or absenteeism, tenure, or job performance. “
Conversely, a major wellness vendor released the results of their own internal study showing exactly the opposite. Highlights are an 84% reduction in people with high blood pressure, a 50% reduction in both obesity and employee turnover — and by far the greatest savings that have ever been achieved in a wellness program.
Both camps have been offered the opportunity to defend their diametrically opposed conclusions.
Along the way, you will have many opportunities to vote on aspects of these diametrically opposed conclusions.
And your votes will help determine, in the immortal words of the great philosopher Rick Perry, whether or not who is right.