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Do Wellness Centers Improve Overall Quality of Life?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 21st, 2014

More and more, hospitals and organizations are creating employee wellness programs. But do they improve overall quality of life? According to the findings of a recent study, that depends greatly on whether employees use the resources available to them – and even then, may not always lead to the desired results in certain QOL (quality of life) areas.

In a paper published in the May/June edition of the American Journal of Health Promotion, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that 805 of people who use wellness centers were most likely to experience an increase in their physical QOL scores.

The researchers, however, found that mental health was another story.

According to the study, only 34% reported improved mental QOL scores.

Dr. Matthew Clark, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic and the lead author of the study, says the findings point to the need for companies to take a more holistic view of their wellness initiatives.

Too often, he says, employers focus on physical activities, such as walking programs and exercise programs, but overlook other domains such as mental well-being.

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