The routine use of health risk appraisals: results from a national study of physician organizations

Am J Health Promot. Sep-Oct 2005;20(1):34-8. doi: 10.4278/0890-1171-20.1.34.


Purpose: To document use of health risk appraisals (HRAs) by U.S. physician organizations as part of their overall approach to health promotion and to identify associated organizational characteristics.

Methods: Telephone survey of 1590 physician organizations in the United States; surveys were conducted in organizations comprising 20 or more physicians and were conducted between September 2000 and September 2001 (70% response rate). Chi-square tests and logistic regression analysis were used to examine the association between organizational characteristics and routine administration of HRAs.

Results: Only 22.5% of physician organizations in the United States routinely administer HRAs. External quality incentives, information technology capabilities, and status as a medical group vs. an independent practice association are associated with greater odds of the routine use of HRA.

Discussion: Increased use of external quality incentives and information technology in physician organizations may be important in supporting the use of HRAs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Group Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Independent Practice Associations / statistics & numerical data
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Assessment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States