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Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire: the influence of diagnosis on patient-oriented results.
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PMID:  15978179     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Luca Padua; Roberto Padua; Irene Aprile; Pietro Caliandro; Pietro Tonali
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurological research     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0161-6412     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurol. Res.     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-27     Completed Date:  2005-09-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905298     Medline TA:  Neurol Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  522-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosciences, Università Cattolica, Roma, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / diagnosis*,  psychology
Electrodiagnosis / methods
Middle Aged
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)*
Patient Satisfaction
Physical Examination
Physician-Patient Relations
Prospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Time Factors

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