A recent report on carpal tunnel syndrome from the Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) shows prevalence of CTS increases by almost 60% (56.77%) in data entry/typing positions. Furthermore, as a group, administrative and clerical workers demonstrate alarmingly high prevalence of CTS compared to that of the general population.
The WLDI report is based on the most recent available data (1999) from the National Health Interview Survey, the principal source of information on the health of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States and one of the major data collection programs of CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The NHIS also serves as the foundation for Official Disability Guidelines.
These statistics are contrary to some recently published material including the findings of a Mayo Clinic study that offer no correlation between computer work and CTS, but may be more in line with the experience and intuition of employers and healthcare providers wary of today’s keyboard-littered working environments. The WLDI report sites differences in sample size, which approaches 100,000 in their report, and in diagnostic criteria as possible reasons for the disparity.
The WLDI special report, entitled Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS): Determinants of Return-to-Work, addresses the overall prevalence and duration of CTS as well as the impacts of occupation, gender, age, race/ethnicity, and co-morbidities on the prevalence and duration of CTS. Also covered is the outcome and prevalence of different types of therapy on CTS duration.
Work Loss Data Institute is an independent database developer focused on workplace health and productivity, and publisher of Official Disability Guidelines and Employer Health Register.
To purchase Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS): Determinants of Return-to-Work ($50, available in electronic and hardcopy formats) visit www.disabilitydurations.com/specreportorder.htm , or contact WLDI at 800 488-5548 or 361 883-5000.