West Kingston, RI – March 1, 2012 – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recognized Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Programs for a second time in its Innovations Exchange.

Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Programs, licensed by Quality Health Solutions, are part of Quality Health Solutions’ comprehensive wellness programs.

The profile focused on Quality Health Solutions implementation and associated impact of its wellness services at a large employer group for the previous six years.

Results include:

Broad Participation

    • Participation ranged from 88 to 95 percent.

Improved Behaviors

    • Over one-third of smokers (35 percent) quit smoking; more than two-thirds (68 percent) changed behaviors to manage stress more effectively; the vast majority (79 percent) of those at risk for depression exhibited improvements in symptoms; average cholesterol fell by 9.7 points.

Fewer Risk Factors

    • The percentage with no risk factors roughly doubled with concomitant declines in those with two or more risks.

Stable Costs

  • Health care costs remained flat for the first four years, well below historical increases of 8 percent a year. Since 2008, health care costs have grown quite modestly with average increases of two to three percent.

Janice M. Prochaska, Ph.D., President and CEO of Pro-Change stated that “it is really rewarding that AHRQ recognized Pro-Change’s evidence-based programs and Quality Health Solutions comprehensive wellness services for the impact they produce on entire populations of employees.”

For a full description of the Innovation profile, please visit www.innovations.ahrq.gov.

About the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality created the Health Care Innovations Exchange to speed the implementation of new and better ways of delivering health care. The Innovations Exchange supports the Agency’s mission to improve the quality of health care and reduce disparities. For more information, please visit www.innovations.ahrq.gov.

About Quality Health Solutions

Quality Health Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2001 with a mission to encourage personal responsibility for health and well-being. Its services are designed to help enhance health and well-being by reducing lifestyle risk factors, preventing future disease, and improving health-related quality of life. Through these services, QHS helps people discover their motivation and confidence, overcome challenges, and identify resources to achieve positive, healthy choices. QHS is the first and only wellness company offering assessments and interventions that were developed and proven effective by the scientific rigors of population level clinical trials. To learn more, please visit www.qualityhealthsolutions.com.