ö Diabetes at Work
General Assessment Tool

CONDUCTING A DIABETES ASSESSMENT

To make a general assessment of diabetes in your company you will need to complete the following four steps:

Step 1: Identify the potential prevalence of diabetes in your company

Enter the total number of employees in the box below.
(This figure is used to automatically calculate your assessment.)

Total number of Employees Multiply by estimated prevalence of diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) in the general population Potential prevalence of diabetes in your company (product of columns A and B)
x 8.2%

Step 2. Determine the total medical costs for employees with diabetes

Potential prevalence of diabetes Multiply by the average yearly medical cost for a person with diabetes * Total medical costs for employees with diabetes in your company (product of columns A and B)
x $13,243

Step 3. Determine the total medical costs for employees without diabetes

A. Estimate the number of employees without diabetes.

Total number of employees Multiply by estimated percent of employees without diabetes Total estimate number of employees without diabetes (product of columns A and B)
x 93.9%

B. Find the total medical costs for people without diabetes.

Estimated number of employees without diabetes Multiply by the average yearly medical cost for people without diabetes * Total medical costs for employees without diabetes in your company (product of columns A and B)
x $2,560

Step 4. Assess Health Care Costs and the Need for Action

It may be helpful to compare the health care costs and use this as a call to action to improve outcomes.

Total Projected Health Care Costs:
Employees with diabetes for both diabetes related and non-diabetes related conditions
Total Projected Health Care Costs:
Employees without diabetes

THINGS TO CONSIDER

As you assess these general findings, ask yourself:

  • Does my company need to lower its costs associated with diabetes? _______
  • Would my employees benefit from some type of diabetes and/or other health promotion program? _______
  • Do I need to add to my company¬ís diabetes and health promotion activities or create new activities? _______

If you answered YES to any of these questions, go to the Planning Guide and create the diabetes and health education programs that best meet your needs.

If you do not feel your company would benefit from a specific diabetes education program at this time, you may still want to consider still providing employees with information that can help them prevent the onset or lower their risk for attaining such chronic diseases as diabetes and high blood pressure. Go to Diabetesatwork.org to learn how you can create health education programs that can help employees lead healthy lives.

Note: If you want to calculate all the diabetes-related costs for each employee, contact your health care plan about obtaining a list of codes for diabetes care from the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9 CM). The ICD-9 CM coding system is used to code signs, symptoms, injuries, diseases, and conditions. These codes help health care providers, health care consultants, and insurers to calculate medical costs.

If you think your company would not benefit at this time from a diabetes education program, please revisit this site when you think your company's needs have changed.

* These costs reflect both diabetes- and non-diabetes-related care. People without diabetes also have health care costs. These costs are based on the ADA's Economic Costs of Diabetes in the US in 2002, Diabetes Care 26; 917-932, 2003.

This page last modified: November 17, 2023
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.