A retrospective study: The relationship between health care costs, absenteeism and body mass index in a group of municipal employees

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This study evaluated the relationship of varying body mass index and average annual health care costs and absenteeism in a group of 524 municipal employees. The 269 employees with health care claims and the 487 employees with attendance records were categorized into five different BMI categories based on self-reported weight and height. Findings from the study suggest that as BMI increases, average annual health care costs and average annual absenteeism increase. However, BMI was only significantly related to absenteeism. The study also found significant relationships between education and health care costs and absenteeism. No significant differences for health care costs or absenteeism were found based on race, age, gender, wellness center membership, or smoking status.

Creator(s): Satterwhite, Monica L.
Creation Date: August 2000
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: August 2000
  • Digitized: July 6, 2007
Description:

This study evaluated the relationship of varying body mass index and average annual health care costs and absenteeism in a group of 524 municipal employees. The 269 employees with health care claims and the 487 employees with attendance records were categorized into five different BMI categories based on self-reported weight and height. Findings from the study suggest that as BMI increases, average annual health care costs and average annual absenteeism increase. However, BMI was only significantly related to absenteeism. The study also found significant relationships between education and health care costs and absenteeism. No significant differences for health care costs or absenteeism were found based on race, age, gender, wellness center membership, or smoking status.

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Level: Master's
Discipline: Health Promotion
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Keyword(s): absenteeism | body mass index | health care cost
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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  • OCLC: 48933437 |
  • UNTCAT: b2351935 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc2607
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Format: Text
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Access: Public
License: Copyright
Holder: Satterwhite, Monica L.
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