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Nuckols TK, Conlon C, Robbins M
Quality of care and patient-reported outcomes in carpal tunnel syndrome: a prospective observational study.
This prospective observational study examined the association of higher quality care for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) with better outcomes. Adults diagnosed with CTS from 30 occupational health centers were recruited and their physicians' adherence to recommended care processes evaluated. Among 343 individuals, receiving better was associated with greater improvements. CTS symptoms showed greater improvement when physicians assessed and managed patient activity, when patients underwent necessary surgery, and when employers adjusted job tasks. The researchers conclude that efforts should be made to ensure patients with CTS receive essential care processes, including activity assessment and management as well as necessary surgery.
Citation: Nuckols TK, Conlon C, Robbins M . Quality of care and patient-reported outcomes in carpal tunnel syndrome: a prospective observational study. Muscle Nerve 2018 Jun;57(6):896-904. doi: 10.1002/mus.26041..
Keywords: Neurological Disorders, Outcomes, Patient Experience, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Quality of Care