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Document ID (ISN)110994
CIS number 10-0516
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Leffer M., Grizzell T.
Title Implementation of a physician-organized wellness regime (POWR) enforcing the 2007 NFPA standard 1582: Injury rate reduction and associated cost savings
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.52, No.3, p.336-339. 28 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to determine the effects of a physician-organized wellness regime (POWR) on a cohort of firefighters, while applying the 2007 National Fire Protection Association Standard 1582. A prospective evaluation of the POWR was carried out by comparing baseline with postintervention injury rate data among 252 Maryland firefighters, with an analysis of return on investment. After implementation of POWR, the fire department showed a 40% reduction in recordable injuries during year 1, which increased to 60% during year 2. Return on investment was shown to be 4.6:1 by the second year. Moreover, the subpopulation of overweight firefighters showed statistically significant weight loss during the intervention period. It is concluded that a specific type of wellness initiative as POWR can lead to substantial cost savings from an injury-sparing perspective alone and has potential to decrease cardiac risk factors among a high-risk population of firefighters.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; injuries; fire fighting; health programmes; economic aspects
Descriptors (secondary) body weight; blood pressure; programme evaluation; statistical evaluation; cost-benefit analysis; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Economic aspects
Physical fitness programmes