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Health Risk Assessments: Your Questions Answered

Written by Wellsource, Inc.

November 11, 2019

Health risk assessments (HRAs) provide valuable data that can be used by health plans, wellness organizations, employers, and more to gain insight into how they can best encourage health in their populations. At first glance, HRAs may seem confusing, but once you understand a few key points, you’ll come to realize that there’s no need to be intimidated. 

In this post, we will give you some clarity about how using HRAs can help the health of your population.

blog-104-HRAs1. How Do Health Risk Assessments Work?

Our health risk assessments are questionnaires. A lot of research is put into developing specific questions that measure the risk level of developing various conditions. It’s important to note that HRAs are not diagnostic tools. They are preventive tools.

The data obtained from our assessments can be used to determine what lifestyle changes may be in the best interest of your population members to adopt. If they are able to take positive steps in the areas in which they are found to be high risk, their chances of developing serious health problems (or complications from existing conditions) can be reduced.

If you would like to learn more about how you can encourage wellness engagement in your population, be sure to check out this guide.

2. How Long Do HRAs Take to Complete?

On average, most individuals complete our health risk assessments in less than 15 minutes. When you think about how time-consuming illness can be, the short length of time needed to complete an HRA is a fair trade. The few minutes spent completing an HRA may work to reduce the risk of sick days, lengthy hospital visits, and prolonged medical treatments down the line.

We’ve implemented branching logic within all of our assessments, which plays a large role in why people are able to complete them so quickly. Branching logic makes sure that time isn’t wasted on questions that don’t pertain to an individual. They will only be shown questions that align with their particular lifestyle as determined based on their answers to previous questions.

3. Where Does the Research Come From?

At Wellsource, we value trustworthy data and only utilize information obtained from reputable sources. The research that we use comes from respected medical journals, research studies, and organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Independent review by the National Committee for Quality Assurance is one measure of quality and validity. We received the NCQA certification once again this year, and have been continuously certified for over a decade. Wellness professionals and organizations with NCQA certification are renowned for the quality of information that they work with and provide to their populations.

While the questions covered in this post are some of the most common, we recognize that you might have more that aren’t covered here. That is why we have put together a comprehensive FAQ guide that you can download and reference at your convenience.

Click below to check it out! 

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"The purpose of HRAs is to provide assistance and resources to the individuals taking them and to help them create a positive health journey."