Nurse-led management of carpal tunnel syndrome: an audit of outcomes and impact on waiting times

Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2006 Jul;88(4):399-401. doi: 10.1308/003588406X114712.


Introduction: This article describes the outcome of a nurse-led service developed to manage patients referred with a presumptive diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Patients and methods: We developed a rapid-access service in response to unacceptable waiting times for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. The service was developed around the role of a nurse practitioner providing a single practitioner pathway from first clinic appointment, through surgery to discharge.

Results: Waiting times improved considerably whilst the standard and quality of care was maintained.

Conclusions: There is a role for nurses to perform certain surgical procedures within a well-defined environment.

MeSH terms

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / nursing*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Waiting Lists*