How Does a Health Risk Assessment Work?


You have the individual take a standardized questionnaire regarding their mental health and physical health (Rand-36 Health Survey) and lifestyle habits (Fantastic Lifestyle Assessment Questionnaire)


The SF-36 is a widely used questionnaire for measuring health-related quality of life (HRQL) in various settings. It incorporates the physical, psychological and social well being of an individual. Applications of the SF-36 include health policy evaluations, clinical practice and research, health intervention evaluations, and a general population surveying. Studies have implied that the SF-36 is valid, reliable, and suitable for HRQL measurement. The SF-36 has been used in different countries, and similar conclusions about reliability, validity and stability have been reported.

The SF-36 consists of eight health subscales that measures three different aspects of health that includes functional status, well being and overall evaluation of health. The subscales are as follows: Physical Functioning, Role limitations due physical health, Bodily Pain, General Health, Vitality, Social Functioning, Role limitations due to emotional health, and Mental Health. The subscale scores combined into physical and mental component summary scores.

Fantastic Lifestyle Assessment Questionnaire (FLAQ)

The FLAQ was developed by Wilson and assists in determining how various “lifestyle changes” affect an individual’s quality of health. It is a simple lifestyle questionnaire that includes the physical, emotional and social aspects of an individual’s health that are associated with morbidity, mortality and quality of life. The FLAQ has been found to be a reliable, quick and simple method to assess lifestyle behaviors.

The questionnaire consists of 25 questions to serve as a reference point for ongoing assessment and can readily assist in the inclusion of lifestyle data into one visit for the individual’s health record. Lifestyle Habit Questions: Family & Friends; Physical Activity; Nutrition, Tobacco & Toxins; Alcohol Intake; Sleep, Seatbelts, Stress & Safe Sex; Type of Behavior (Type A or type B behavior); and Insight and Career (Work, satisfaction with profession).

Clinician measures and enters 4 routine vital signs into the software (Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Pulse Oximeter and Respirations).

Clinician measures and documents 6 physical measurements into the software (Height, Weight, Neck Circumference, Waist Circumference, Wrist Circumference, and Hip Circumference).

Clinician pushes a button to generate the report.

Benefits of Using Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Organizations

HRAs save companies and organizations money by keeping their employees healthy—the employer benefits from improved productivity and employee morale resulting in an increased bottom line. Ways in which HRAs help both employers and employees include:

  • Disease prevention
  • Reduced sick time or absenteeism
  • Reduced doctor sick visits
  • Lowered healthcare and drug costs
  • Increased work productivity
  • Minimized coming to work while sick
  • Reduced short term disability
  • Worker retention
  • A greater sense of self awareness
  • Improved employee engagement and retention
  • Increased job satisfaction and morale

When Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) Are Incorporated into Corporate Health and Wellness Programs, Employers See Huge Benefits.

Overall Health
Care Costs

18% to 26%
reduction in health care costs5,6
$3.27 to $6.00 saved for each dollar invested in wellness3,4

Absenteeism (missing work
due to being sick or injured)

25% to 30% reduction in costs due to absenteeism7
$2.50 to $10.00 saved for every dollar invested4,5

(working while sick or injured)

1% reduction in presenteeism when one health risk factor was reduced8
For every health risk factor that was reduced,companies saved $1,000 9

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Equipment Needed to Perform a Health Risk Assessment (HRA)

Scale $10.00 – $150.00
Tape Measure/Yard Stick $4.50 – $20.00
Digital Heart Rate/BP Monitor $10.00 – $50.00
Pulse Oximeter $14.95 – $69.95
Stadiometer $99.00 – $159.00
Stethoscope & Sphygmomanometer
(Alternate to Digital Heart Rate/BP Monitor)
$19.95 – $79.95

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