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Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release

Leevi Hannula, Tuukka Tanskanen, Mervi Helander-Kuisma, Markus Pkkönen.

Abstract
Background
Open carpal tunnel release (OCTR) due to chronic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common procedure in hand surgery. CTS is often bilateral. A follow-up is required to detect any complications and confirm successful recovery before contralateral procedure is booked.
Objectives
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a closed ended questionnaire to assist nurses when starting routine follow-up telephone interviews after carpal tunnel surgery.
Methods
In our hospital routine follow-up phone calls to the patients 3 months after OCTR were allocated to nurse practitioners instead of surgeons. Once the practice was started a structured face validated closed ended questionnaire was used to collect data from a total of 61 consecutive patients.
Results
Nurse practitioners performed the follow-up independently in 97 % (59/61) of the cases. Ten per cent (6/61) of the patients were assigned further appointments to a surgeon and one patient was referred to an occupational therapist. 2 patients contacted the hospital after the telephone interview because of minor complaints. Patient charts were reviewed 18 months after the phone calls. No missed complications were detected.
Conclusions
We conclude that a structured closed ended questionnaire is useful assist in fast track familiarization of nurse practitioners for the follow-up contact after OCTR.

Key words: Carpal tunnel release; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Hand surgery


 
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Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen. Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release. Hand Microsurg. 2021; 10(1): 37-43. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166


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Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen. Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release. http://handmicrosurgeryjournal.com/?mno=29166 [Access: April 12, 2021]. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166


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Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen. Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release. Hand Microsurg. 2021; 10(1): 37-43. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166



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Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen. Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release. Hand Microsurg. (2021), [cited April 12, 2021]; 10(1): 37-43. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166



Harvard Style

Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen (2021) Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release. Hand Microsurg, 10 (1), 37-43. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166



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Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen. 2021. Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release. Hand and Microsurgery, 10 (1), 37-43. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166



Chicago Style

Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen. "Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release." Hand and Microsurgery 10 (2021), 37-43. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166



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Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen. "Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release." Hand and Microsurgery 10.1 (2021), 37-43. Print. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166



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Leevi Hannula | Tuukka Tanskanen | Mervi Helander-Kuisma | Markus Pkkönen (2021) Closed ended structured questionnaire in fast track familiarization of nurses to conduct telephone follow-up after open carpal tunnel release. Hand and Microsurgery, 10 (1), 37-43. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.29166








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