Health Risk Assessment
The main objectives of a HRA are to:
- Assess health status
- Estimate the level of health risk
- Inform and provide feedback to participants to motivate behavior change to reduce health risks
Our health risk assessment (HRA) is a health questionnaire, used to provide individuals with an evaluation of their health risks and quality of life. Commonly a HRA incorporates three key elements - an extended questionnaire, a risk calculation or score, and a face-to-face visit at a CCOH wellness, providing your vital signs, which include blood pressure, height, weight & blood work (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglyceride & Glucose).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define a HRA as: "a systematic approach to collecting information from individuals that identifies risk factors, provides individualized feedback, and links the person with at least one intervention to promote health, sustain function and/or prevent disease."
There are a range of different HRAs available, however most capture information relating to:
- Demographic characteristics - age, sex
- Lifestyle - exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, diet
- Personal and family medical history (in the US, due to the current interpretation of the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, questions regarding family medical history are not permitted if there is any incentive attached to taking a HRA)
- Physiological data - weight, height, blood pressure, cholesterol
- Attitudes and willingness to change behavior in order to improve health