Variable definitions and Distributions of exposure data from a consortium study on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Stephen S. Bao, Jay M. Kapellusch, Arun Garg, Barbara A. Silverstein, Carisa Harris-Adamson, Susan E. Burt, Ann Marie Dale, Bradley A. Evanoff, Frederic E. Gerr, Kurt T. Hegmann, Linda A. Merlino, Matthew S. Thiese, David M. Rempel

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Abstract

Insufficient sample size causes lower statistical power that may hinder findings of relationships between occupational physical exposures and musculoskeletal disorders. To solve this problem, researchers often want to pool data with similar study designs together to increase the statistical power. However, a recent consortium study on the relationships between physical exposures and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) found that due to slight differences in variable definitions, data collection procedures, data processing approaches, and data analysis methods, pooling data from multiple studies can be challenging. Using data independently collected by six research groups in 54 US workplaces in 10 US States, this paper presents some of the challenges in data pooling, and final selections of comparable variables. Distributions of the selected exposure data of 3010 subjects and variable definitions are presented. This abstract is based on a recent publication in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2015
PublisherHuman Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.
Pages1239-1242
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780945289470
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Event59th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Oct 26 2015Oct 30 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume2015-January
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Conference

Conference59th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period10/26/1510/30/15

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