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Document ID (ISN)75055
CIS number 00-715
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Harrington J.M., Carter J.T., Birrell L., Gompertz D.
Title Surveillance case definitions for work related upper limb pain syndromes
Bibliographic information Apr. 1998, Vol.55, No.4, p.264-271. 15 ref.
Abstract A group of healthcare professionals from the disciplines interested in the prevention and management of upper limb disorders were recruited for a Delphi exercise. A questionnaire was used to establish case definitions from the participants, followed by a consensus conference involving the core group of 29 people. The draft conclusions were recirculated for review. Consensus case definitions were agreed for carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis of the wrist, de Quervain's disease of the wrist, epicondylitis, shoulder capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and shoulder tendonitis. The consensus group also identified a condition defined as "non-specific diffuse forearm pain" although this is essentially a diagnosis made by exclusion. The group did not have enough experience of the thoracic outlet syndrome to make recommendations. There was enough consensus among several health professionals from different disciplines to establish case definitions suitable for use in the studies of several work related upper limb pain syndromes. The use of these criteria should allow comparability between studies and centres and facilitate research in this field. The criteria may also be useful in surveillance programmes and as aids to case management.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; injuries to upper extremities; upper extremities; epidemiology
Descriptors (secondary) case study; carpal-tunnel syndrome; epicondylitis; medical supervision; thorax; shoulder; tenovaginitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Epidemiology