- Published in Population Health Management -

The Well-Being 5: Development and Validation of a Diagnostic Instrument to Improve Population Well-Being

Author(s): Lindsay E. Sears, PhD; Sangeeta Agrawal, MS; James A. Sidney, MA; Patricia H. Castle, PhD; Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD; Carter R. Coberley, PhD; Dan Witters, MS; James E. Pope, MD; and James K. Harter, PhD

Population Health ManagementBuilding upon extensive research from 2 validated well-being instruments, the objective of this research was to develop and validate a comprehensive and actionable well-being instrument that informs and facilitates improvement of well-being for individuals, communities, and nations. The goals of the measure were comprehensiveness, validity and reliability, significant relationships with health and performance outcomes, and diagnostic capability for intervention. For measure development and validation, questions from the Well-being Assessment and Wellbeing Finder were simultaneously administered as a test item pool to over 13,000 individuals across 3 independent samples. Exploratory factor analysis was conducted on a random selection from the first sample and confirmed in the other samples. Further evidence of validity was established through correlations to the established well-being scores from the Well-Being Assessment and Wellbeing Finder, and individual outcomes capturing health care utilization and productivity. Results showed the Well-Being 5 score comprehensively captures the known constructs within well-being, demonstrates good reliability and validity, significantly relates to health and performance outcomes, is diagnostic and informative for intervention, and can track and compare well-being over time and across groups. With this tool, well-being deficiencies within a population can be effectively identified, prioritized, and addressed, yielding the potential for substantial improvements to the health status, performance, and quality of life for individuals and cost savings for stakeholders. (Population Health Management 2014;17:357–365)

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Topics: Well-Being Employer Populations Performance/Productivity Peer Reviewed Health Plan & Health System Medical Costs & Utilization Community Well-Being Predictive Modeling