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Investing in a healthy lifestyle strategy: is it worth it?

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dc.contributor.author Benmarhnia, Tarik
dc.contributor.author Dionne, Pierre-Alexandre
dc.contributor.author Tchouaket, Éric
dc.contributor.author Fansi, Alvine K.
dc.contributor.author Brousselle, Astrid
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-19T00:16:36Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-19T00:16:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Benmarhnia, T., Dionne, P., Tchouaket, É., Fansi, A. K., & Brousselle, A. (2016). Investing in a healthy lifestyle strategy: is it worth it? International Journal of Public Health, 62, 3-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-016-0884-y. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-016-0884-y
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12699
dc.description.abstract Objectives: In Quebec, various actors fund activities aimed at increasing physical activity, improving eating habits and reducing smoking. The objective was to evaluate how effective does the healthy lifestyle habits promotion (HLHP) strategy need to be to make to offset its costs. Methods: First, we built the logic model of the HLHP strategy. We then assessed the strategy’s total cost as well as the direct health care expenditures associated with lifestyle-related risk factors (smoking, physical inactivity, insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables, obesity and overweight). Finally, we estimated the break-even point beyond which the economic benefits of the HLHP strategy would outweigh its costs. Results: The HLHP strategy cost for 2010–2011 was estimated at $110 million. Direct healthcare expenditures associated with lifestyle-related risk factors were estimated at $4.161 billion. We estimated that 47 % of these expenditures were attributable to these risk factors. Conclusions: We concluded that the HLHP strategy cost corresponded to 5.6 % of the annual healthcare expenditures attributable to these risk factors. This study compared the economic value of HLHP activities against healthcare expenditures associated with targeted risk factors. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The authors are grateful to the Directorate of Public Health of Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services for its financial support of this research project. We would also like to thank the Fonds de Recherche du Québec–Santé (FRQS) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which funded Astrid Brousselle’s Canada Research Chair in Evaluation and Health System Improvement, and the CIHR’s 4P Training Program (promotion, prevention and public policy) and Population Health Intervention Research Network program (PHIRNET), which funded Eric Tchouaket’s postdoctoral award. CIHR also funded Pierre-Alexandre Dionne’s doctoral award and Alvine Fansi’s postdoctoral fellowship. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. We would like to thank the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) which fund the Canada Research Chair in Evaluation and Health System Improvement held by Astrid Brousselle and also funded the postdoctoral fellowships of Éric Tchouaket (4P Training Program: Prevention, Promotion and Public Policy, and PHIRNET: Population Health Intervention Research Network) and Alvine Fansi. We also extend our thanks to the following experts for their generous collaboration and contributions: Ginette Lafontaine, Annie-Claude Voisine, Lyne Mongeau, Douglas Manuel, Emilie Dionne. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Public Health en_US
dc.subject Economic evaluation en_US
dc.subject Public health en_US
dc.subject Health policy en_US
dc.subject Burden of disease en_US
dc.subject Attributable fraction en_US
dc.subject Return on investment en_US
dc.subject Risk factors en_US
dc.subject Economic benefits en_US
dc.subject Healthy lifestyle habits promotion en_US
dc.title Investing in a healthy lifestyle strategy: is it worth it? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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