Translating CDSMP to the Workplace: Results of the Live Healthy Work Healthy Program

Mark G. Wilson, David M. DeJoy, Robert J. Vandenberg, Heather M. Padilla, Nicholas J. Haynes, Heather Zuercher, Phaedra Corso, Kate Lorig, Matthew L. Smith

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Purpose: Report the results of a randomized, controlled trial of Live Healthy, Work Healthy (LHWH), a worksite translation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Design: 14 worksites were randomly assigned to LHWH, standard CDSMP (usual care) or no-intervention (control) group. Setting: The diverse set of work organizations centered around a rural community in SE US. Subjects: 411 participants completed baseline data with 359 being included in the final analyses. Intervention: LHWH had been adapted to fit the unique characteristics of work organizations. This translated program consists of 15 sessions over 8 weeks and was facilitated by trained lay leaders. Measures: The primary outcomes including health risk, patient-provider communication, quality of life, medical adherence and work performance were collected pretest, posttest (6 mos.) and follow-up (12 mos.). Analysis: Analyses were conducted using latent change score models in a structural equation modeling framework. Results: 79% of participants reported at least one chronic condition with an average of 2.7 chronic conditions reported. Results indicated that LHWH program demonstrated positive changes in a most outcomes including significant exercise (uΔ = 0.89, p <.01), chronic disease self-efficacy (uΔ = 0.63, p <.05), fatigue (uΔ = −1.45, p <.05), stress (uΔ = −0.98, p <.01) and mentally unhealthy days (uΔ = −3.47, p <.001). Conclusions: The translation of LHWH is an effective, low cost, embeddable program that has the potential to improve the health and work life of employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-502
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Promotion
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2021


  • employee health
  • interventions
  • peer education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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