Typing Proficiency Following Carpal Tunnel Release

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2014 by Vanderbilt University
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Donald Lee, Vanderbilt University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01853969
First received: May 9, 2013
Last updated: August 5, 2014
Last verified: August 2014
  Purpose

This study will investigate how soon a patient's typing proficiency returns to their pre-operative levels following carpal tunnel release surgery. In order to determine this, patients will undergo typing tests at different time points that will record their typing accuracy and speed. The results will then be compared to determine on average how soon a person returns to their pre-operative baseline results.


Condition Intervention
Carpal Tunnel Release
Other: Typing assessment

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Typing Proficiency Following Carpal Tunnel Release

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Further study details as provided by Vanderbilt University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in typing test measurements (speed and accuracy) [ Time Frame: Preoperative, Postoperative: 8-10days, 2wks, 3wks, 4wks, 5wks, 6wks, 8wks, 12wks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Each patient will complete a preoperative typing test (at their home) prior to undergoing carpal tunnel release surgery. The patient will then take the same typing test at the following time points postoperatively: 8-10days, 2wks, 3wks, 4wks, 5wks, 6wks, 8wks, 12wks. The change in speed and accuracy will be assessed by comparing the preoperative (baseline) typing test results to the postoperative typing test results.


Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: May 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients who have carpal tunnel release surgery Other: Typing assessment

Detailed Description:

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist. It causes such symptoms as numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle damage, and pain. If non-operative treatments do not work generally patients go on to carpal tunnel release surgery in which the transverse carpal ligament is released. After surgery patients usually return to work with no restrictions within six weeks. Patients often ask how soon they are able to return to typing after surgery, and what their typing ability will be like after surgery. Currently there are no studies that evaluate how long it takes for patient's typing skills to return to that of the pre-operative skill level. We would like to answer that question by comparing typing results from different time points including a baseline prior to surgery. We additionally seek to identify which patient characteristics are predictive of a faster return of typing proficiency.

An additional innovative aspect of this project is the use of a web-based typing test that will be used in the assessment of patient typing proficiency. We will additionally use a web-based model for the collection of our survey data.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Vanderbilt Hand & Upper Extremity Center Outpatient Clinic

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients set to undergo carpal tunnel release
  • Patients who have a positive EMG test
  • Patients must have access to a computer with internet access
  • Patients must have an email account
  • Patients must be between the ages of 20-70
  • Patients that meet typing test requirements

    • Must type weekly
    • Typing proficiency of 30 wpm at time of pre-operative appointment
    • Must use all fingers when typing
    • Can read text in font Times New Roman size 14

Exclusion Criteria:

  • People who cannot read or write
  • People who do not meet inclusion criteria
  • Patients who do not speak English
  • Patients unwilling or unable to return for follow-up visits prescribed by the study protocol
  • Patients who qualify for inclusion in the study, but refuse to participate.
  • Patients with concurrent, ipsilateral confounding hand or upper extremity pathology such as trigger finger, ganglion cyst, painful arthritis, etc.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01853969

Contacts
Contact: Julie M Daniels, BBA 615-322-4506 Julie.M.Daniels@Vanderbilt.edu

Locations
United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Hand & Upper Extremity Center Recruiting
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
Contact: Julie M Daniels, BBA    615-322-4506    Julie.M.Daniels@Vanderbilt.edu   
Principal Investigator: Donald H Lee, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Justin Zumsteg, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Gordan Logan, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt University
Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Donald H Lee, MD Vanderbilt University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Donald Lee, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Vanderbilt University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01853969     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 101131
Study First Received: May 9, 2013
Last Updated: August 5, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Median Neuropathy
Mononeuropathies
Nerve Compression Syndromes
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Sprains and Strains
Wounds and Injuries

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 21, 2014