How Health Risk Assessments Can Help You

A health risk assessment is a health questionnaire that is used to provide individuals with an evaluation of their health risks. An HRA usually incorporates the following, an extended questionnaire, a risk calculation or score and feedback, like a face-to-face with a health advisor or an online report.

What Can a HRA Help to Identify

There many kinds of HRAs available for adults and children. For example, some targets are:

  • Demographics like age and sex
  • Lifestyle habits such as exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, diet
  • Personal and family medical history
  • Physiological information – weight, height, blood pressure, etc.
  • Attitudes, willingness to change behavior to improve health

In addition, Medicaid assessments ask questions about health-care access, availability of food, and living conditions. Medicare uses HRAs as part of their Annual Wellness Visit to identify those issues important to a senior’s health and well-being.

How You Can Take a HRA

HRAs are now taken online, however, other delivery methods include telephone, mail and in person.

Online HRAs include such advantages as:

  • Tailoring – online HRAs can adapt content based on how an individual answers their questionnaire. This creates personalized and interactive user experiences.
  • Reduced administrative costs
  • Instant, relevant feedback

What does a HRA Really Tell Me?

  • Identify health risk factors
  • Predict costs related to health care
  • Evaluate how effective health promotions are and the strategy’s return on investment 

Keep in mind that however effective HRAs are in predicting and helping treat, they are not a replacement for a doctor’s diagnosis or treatment. HRAs are mostly a greta way to quickly identify what part of your health might be a little off, and help you to adjust and make healthier choices in your future. HRA are a great tool for promoting health and are primarily used to help identify health risks within a population and target health interventions and behavior change programs to address those areas.

Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City provides wellness testing for individuals, including screening for most major health risks. There are no doctor’s orders, appointments, or insurance needed to visit our facility for accurate lab testing.

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