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Prevalence and work-relatedness of carpal tunnel syndrome in the working population, United States, 2010 National Health Interview Survey.
Luckhaupt SE; Dahlhamer JM; Ward BW; Sweeney MH; Sestito JP; Calvert GM
Am J Ind Med 2013 Jun; 56(6):615-624
BACKGROUND: Patterns of prevalence and work-relatedness of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) among workers offer clues about risk factors and targets for prevention. METHODS: Data from an occupational health supplement to the 2010 National Health Interview Survey were used to estimate the prevalence of self-reported clinician-diagnosed CTS overall and by demographic characteristics. The proportion of these cases self-reported to have been attributed to work by clinicians was also examined overall and by demographic characteristics. In addition, the distribution of industry and occupation (I&O) categories to which work-related cases of CTS were attributed was compared to the distribution of I&O categories of employment among current/recent workers. RESULTS: Data were available for 27,157 adults, including 17,524 current/recent workers. The overall lifetime prevalence of clinician-diagnosed CTS among current/recent workers was 6.7%. The 12-month prevalence was 3.1%, representing approximately 4.8 million workers with current CTS; 67.1% of these cases were attributed to work by clinicians, with overrepresentation of certain I&O categories. CONCLUSIONS: CTS affected almost 5 million U.S. workers in 2010, with prevalence varying by demographic characteristics and I&O.
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Health-surveys; Risk-factors; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Clinical-diagnosis; Demographic-characteristics; Employee-health; Worker-health; Occupations; Repetitive-work; Cumulative-trauma; Work-environment; Surveillance-programs; Author Keywords: industry; occupations; carpal tunnel syndrome; occupational diseases
Sara E. Luckhaupt, MD, MPH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, R-17, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division