Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire: The influence of diagnosis on patient-oriented results

Luca Padua, Roberto Padua, Irene Aprile, Pietro Caliandro, Pietro Tonali

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Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the influence of the patient-physician interaction and the instrumental awareness of the assessment of patients' answers to a carpal tunnel syndrome-specific questionnaire. Methods: We performed a prospective study of the results of a self-administered questionnaire for carpal tunnel syndrome before and after electrodiagnosis. Thirty-two consecutive patients were referred to our neurophysiological laboratory for suspected carpal tunnel syndrome. A patient-oriented evaluation using the Italian version of the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (BCTQ), a widely used disease-specific questionnaire, was carried out before the clinical interaction was performed. The assessment was performed by means of a neurophysiological classification. After the communication of the result, the BCTQ was again administered. Results: The comparison of the BCTQ results, obtained PRE and POST clinical interaction, showed a significant reduction in the reported symptoms and hand function impairment not related to the neurophysiological results. Conclusions: The findings of the patient-oriented evaluation are significantly influenced by the communication of the assessment results. In prospective studies, the baseline assessment by means of a patient-oriented evaluation should consistently be performed in all patients at the same stage of the clinical process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-524
Number of pages3
JournalNeurological Research
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

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Wrist
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Electrodiagnosis
Communication
Prospective Studies
Surveys and Questionnaires
Hand
Physicians

Keywords

  • Administration methodology
  • Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire
  • Outcome research
  • Patient-oriented
  • Physician-patient interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire : The influence of diagnosis on patient-oriented results. / Padua, Luca; Padua, Roberto; Aprile, Irene; Caliandro, Pietro; Tonali, Pietro.

In: Neurological Research, Vol. 27, No. 5, 07.2005, p. 522-524.

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