An Evaluation of a Preventive Health Management Method: Using the Personal Health Guide Produced By the Washington Business Group on Health

Date of Graduation

Summer 1995


Master of Science in Biology



Committee Chair

Janice Greene


This study was designed to find out how residents of Springfield, Missouri, felt about prevention and health care, their knowledge levels in these areas, and the effectiveness of a Personal Health Guide. Surveys were mailed to 658 Springfield residents, and 266 of these were returned. Three groups were targeted in this study. One was the general public of Springfield; the other two were companies in the Springfield area. These companies were selected because one provided added incentive to use the guide and one did not. It was hypothesized that the preventive health guide would be an asset to preventive health care and that this study could help improve the guide and the ways in which it is distributed. It was found that those who read the Personal Health Guide scored significantly higher on knowledge questions. It was also found that most Springfield residents feel that health care is adequate and are pleased with the quality of health care in this area. Residents are concerned about health care costs, and are knowledgeable about health-related issues.

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