Pharmacist-operated Workplace Wellness Program: Does it Improve the Clinical Outcomes?

Andrew Johnson Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Prachi Arora Butler University, Alison Walton Butler University
Background/Purpose: Healthy Horizons is an individualized, pharmacist-operated workplace wellness program at Butler University that offers two distinct incentives to participants: i) $100 for completing an annual wellness consult (AWC), and ii) additional $150 for completing a health coaching track. The purpose of this study was to compare clinical outcomes of employees participating for one, two, and three years in the incentivized workplace wellness program. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study utilizing Healthy Horizons electronic health record. Participants completed ≥1 AWC from 2015 to 2017 (n=708), categorized into 1-year (n=333), 2-year (n=176), and 3-year (n=199) cohorts. Measures included age, sex, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein, systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat, hemoglobin A1c (A1c), and categories of BP, BMI, and A1c. Descriptive analyses conducted for all outcomes. Paired sample t-tests and chi-square tests compared changes in clinical outcomes from baseline vs. final years for each cohort. Results: The 2-year cohort experienced significant increase in mean HDL (55.6 vs. 58.6mg/dL; p-value<0.05) and significant decrease in mean SBP (114.7 vs. 112.5mmHg; p-value<0.05). The 3-year cohort experienced significant increase in mean HDL (57.6 vs. 63.1mg/dL; p-value<0.05) and significant decreases in mean SBP (116 vs. 112.8mmHg; p-value<0.05), DBP (76.1 vs. 74mmHg; p-value<0.05), A1c (5.28 vs. 5.19; p-value<0.05), and number of patients in the ‘Stage 2’ BP category (18 vs. 6; p-value<0.05). Conclusion: A longitudinal, incentivized, individualized, and pharmacist-operated worksite wellness program improved clinical outcomes. Employees maintaining longer participation experienced additional benefits.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
Oral Presentation

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02:00 PM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 204