Keeping Employees Focused on Better Health

Apr 7, 2016
By making minor changes in the environment, we can enable better decisions that keep us healthier.

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New research published in Medical Care found that the physical location of free workplace clinics impacts the probability of employees getting vaccinated for influenza.

While the CDC recommends all persons six months and older get a flu shot annually, less than half of employees with access to a free workplace clinic are vaccinated.

Closing the Intent-Behavior Gap

Many people know that they should get a flu vaccination. The issue isn’t convincing employees to align their behaviors with their best interests, but rather helping to activate good intentions.

Building on our legacy of behavioral science, we welcomed Harvard researchers to our headquarters in St. Louis to analyze the impact of physical distance between the individual’s base location and the vaccination clinic.

They hypothesized that the likelihood of visiting the free clinic would be greater among individuals who have a higher probability of walking by the clinic for reasons other than vaccination and thus being reminded of the vaccination opportunity.

Researchers found that clinics should be placed in a location that employees frequently walk past, which is not necessarily the location that is physically closest to the employees’ base locations.

Delivering Value, Preserving Choice

While workplace clinics are convenient, Express Scripts' members – including our employees – are not bound to any specific chain of retail clinics. In fact, we partner with 34,000 retail pharmacies around the country to ensure our members can always access the clinic care they need.

By making minor changes in the environment, we can enable better decisions that keep us healthier.

To read the full study, click here.

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