Italian multicentre study of carpal tunnel syndrome: study design. Italian CTS Study Group

Ital J Neurol Sci. 1998 Oct;19(5):285-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00713854.


In September 1996, during a carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) symposium, the Italian CTS Study Group was funded. The group designed a strict clinical and neurophysiological protocol for performing a wide multicentre study on idiopathic CTS in hands. In addition to the traditional evaluations, the group also adopted a validated patient-oriented measurement in order to obtain comprehensive and reliable data for the clinical picture. The study was designed to: (1) better assess the clinical picture of the CTS population, especially using new measurement tools (patient-oriented); (2) evaluate the sensitivity of an electrodiagnostic protocol; (3) re-evaluate the validity of a neurophysiological classification; and (4) evaluate the influence of social status and quantify some of the aspects regarding economic and social costs. The study design is described.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / methods*
  • Humans
  • Italy