FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2011

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Lachlan Taylor
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The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation Releases
“RAND/UCLA Quality-of-Care Measures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Tools for Assessing Quality of Care and Appropriateness of Surgery”

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the release of “Quality-of-Care Measures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Tools for Assessing Quality of Care and Appropriateness of Surgery.”

This report is part of a Quality of Care Demonstration Project that set out to develop general indicators for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and to suggest a mechanism for monitoring and improving the quality of care provided to injured workers. This most recent report includes two unique tools for improving the quality of the care provided to people with carpal tunnel syndrome: (1) a set of measures for assessing quality of care, and (2) an algorithm for determining the appropriateness of surgery.  According to the project researchers, these tools are likely to improve clinical circumstances and economic outcomes for people with CTS. Together, these two tools can be useful to provider organizations, medical groups, medical certification boards, and other associated decision makers attempting to assess, monitor, and provide appropriate care for people with CTS.

The next step in the demonstration project is to test the tools in a clinical environment. This phase of the project will examine how well care for CTS adheres to the quality measures described in this report, and then determine how much adhering to such standards affects disability, time off work, and various economic costs.

Information about the booklet “Quality-of-Care Measures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Tools for Assessing Quality of Care and Appropriateness of Surgery” is available at the CHSWC website. For more information go to the CHSWC website, write to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, CA 94612, call (510) 622-3959, fax to (510) 622-3265, or email at chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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