Formal efforts to manage diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions are much more common at large employers this year than they were in 2008.

Researchers at Hewitt Associates Inc., Lincolnshire, Ill., have published that finding in a summary of results from a recent survey of 343 large U.S. employers.

The percentage offering diabetes management programs increased to 75%, from 46%, and the percentage offering heart disease programs has increased to 69%, from 40%, the researchers report.

The percentage offering depression management programs has increased to 29%, from 14%.