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A comparison of data sources for the surveillance of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome in Massachusetts.
Am J Ind Med. 2004 Sep; 46(3):284-96.AJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

This study examined whether a state surveillance system for work-related carpal tunnel syndrome (WR-CTS) based on workers' compensation claims (Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks, SENSOR) and the Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) identified the same industries, occupations, sources of injury, and populations for intervention.

METHODS

Trends in counts, rates, and female/male ratios of WR-CTS during 1994-1997, and age distributions were compared across three data sources: SENSOR, Massachusetts SOII, and National SOII. SENSOR and National SOII data on WR-CTS were compared by industry, occupation, and injury source.

FINDINGS

Due to small sample size and subsequent gaps in available information, state SOII data on WR-CTS were of little use in identifying specific industries and occupations for intervention. SENSOR and National SOII data on the frequency of WR-CTS cases identified many similar occupations and industries, and both surveillance systems pointed to computer use as a risk factor for WR-CTS. Some high rate industries identified by SENSOR were not identified using National SOII rates even when national findings were restricted to take into account the distribution of the Massachusetts workforce.

CONCLUSIONS

Use of national SOII data on rates of WR-CTS for identifying state industry priorities for WR-CTS prevention should be undertaken with caution. Options for improving state SOII data and use of other state data systems should be pursued.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA. Letitia.Davis@state.ma.usNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15307127

Citation

Davis, Letitia, et al. "A Comparison of Data Sources for the Surveillance of Work-related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Massachusetts." American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol. 46, no. 3, 2004, pp. 284-96.
Davis L, Wellman H, Hart J, et al. A comparison of data sources for the surveillance of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome in Massachusetts. Am J Ind Med. 2004;46(3):284-96.
Davis, L., Wellman, H., Hart, J., Cleary, R., Gardstein, B. M., & Sciuchetti, P. (2004). A comparison of data sources for the surveillance of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome in Massachusetts. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 46(3), 284-96.
Davis L, et al. A Comparison of Data Sources for the Surveillance of Work-related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Massachusetts. Am J Ind Med. 2004;46(3):284-96. PubMed PMID: 15307127.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A comparison of data sources for the surveillance of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome in Massachusetts. AU - Davis,Letitia, AU - Wellman,Helen, AU - Hart,James, AU - Cleary,Robert, AU - Gardstein,Betsey M, AU - Sciuchetti,Paul, PY - 2004/8/13/pubmed PY - 2004/12/24/medline PY - 2004/8/13/entrez SP - 284 EP - 96 JF - American journal of industrial medicine JO - Am J Ind Med VL - 46 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: This study examined whether a state surveillance system for work-related carpal tunnel syndrome (WR-CTS) based on workers' compensation claims (Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks, SENSOR) and the Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) identified the same industries, occupations, sources of injury, and populations for intervention. METHODS: Trends in counts, rates, and female/male ratios of WR-CTS during 1994-1997, and age distributions were compared across three data sources: SENSOR, Massachusetts SOII, and National SOII. SENSOR and National SOII data on WR-CTS were compared by industry, occupation, and injury source. FINDINGS: Due to small sample size and subsequent gaps in available information, state SOII data on WR-CTS were of little use in identifying specific industries and occupations for intervention. SENSOR and National SOII data on the frequency of WR-CTS cases identified many similar occupations and industries, and both surveillance systems pointed to computer use as a risk factor for WR-CTS. Some high rate industries identified by SENSOR were not identified using National SOII rates even when national findings were restricted to take into account the distribution of the Massachusetts workforce. CONCLUSIONS: Use of national SOII data on rates of WR-CTS for identifying state industry priorities for WR-CTS prevention should be undertaken with caution. Options for improving state SOII data and use of other state data systems should be pursued. SN - 0271-3586 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15307127/A_comparison_of_data_sources_for_the_surveillance_of_work_related_carpal_tunnel_syndrome_in_Massachusetts_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -