The Association between Incentive Designs and Health Assessment or Biometric Screening Completion

Kevin J. Heltemes, Kenneth R. Pelletier, Andrea C. Ippolito, Diana C. Do, Brandon C. Boylan

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Objectives:To identify statistically significant predictors for completing a Personal Health Assessment (PHA) or biometric screening from attributes of incentive designs.Methods:A cross-sectional study was conducted that included 426,694 members from 56 employer groups who required a PHA or screening as part of their incentive during 2016.Results:Incentive designs that combine high-value with immediate disbursement can relatively increase employee PHA participation by as much as 66% over plans with low-value and delayed disbursement (56.7% vs 34.1%, P<0.001). Surcharge component was a significant predictor of PHA completion (P<0.001); similar predictors were found for screening completion.Conclusions:This study identified several significant predictors of PHA or screening completion, including: monetary value, time to disbursement, disbursement method, and frequency. Our findings are consistent with prior research in human behavior responses to positive reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E146-E149
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • biometric screening
  • employee engagement
  • financial incentive
  • health assessment
  • well-being
  • workplace wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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