The economic impact of workplace physical activity interventions in Europe: a systematic review of available evidence

A. Braun, A.A. Franczukowska, I. Teufl, E. Krczal

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Abstract

Purpose: There is growing interest in the economic impact of workplace physical activity interventions, but the evidence is still lacking — especially in Europe. Although, some evidence on the return on investment (ROI) is found in literature, the included studies may not be applicable to the Europe situation. Therefore, the objective of this study was to review current evidence on the economic impact of workplace physical activity interventions in European countries. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic review on the economic impact of worksite health promotion programs aiming at increasing physical activity was conducted. Five electronic databases (MEDLINE (Ovid), MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE, NHS-EED and Emerald Insights) were searched for relevant studies published between 2000 and 2020. Findings: A total of 953 abstracts were screened, and 28 were reviewed, 11 of which met all inclusion criteria. The studies varied substantially in sample size, intervention type, duration and frequency of follow-up measurements, valuation methods and assessed economic outcomes. There is inconclusive evidence for decreasing absenteeism, positive net benefit (NB) and positive ROI. No evidence was found to indicate an effect on self-assessed productivity or job satisfaction. Originality/value: This study is the first try to take the different working conditions from Europe into consideration. The authors found that working conditions could have some impact on the valuation of absenteeism costs and thereof on the ROI. Further, this study provides insight into how to deploy effective and efficient workplace physical activity interventions, based on a standardized and validated methodology and program scope. © 2022, Alexander Braun, Arleta Anna Franczukowska, Irina Teufl and Eva Krczal.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)445-466
Seitenumfang22
FachzeitschriftInternational Journal of Workplace Health Management
Jahrgang15
Ausgabenummer4
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 29 Juni 2022

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