Navigating Through Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’s Physical, Social, And Emotional Crucibles In A Return To Work

  1. Rostkowski, S. M., and Singh, R. K. (2015). Navigating Through Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’s Physical, Social, And Emotional Crucibles In A Return To Work, Insights to a Changing World Journal, Volume 2015, Issue 3.
Abstract: 
  • Past research has shown through Case Studies and Phenomenological Studies how the effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome continue to plague the workplace. However, what was missing from previous Case Studies and Phenomenological Studies, were the psychological, psychosomatic, physical, and sociological effects and how their effects inadvertently affected employees with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in and out of the workplace. This study was conducted using a qualitative constructivist grounded theory approach, which utilized in person interviews and observations. 12 people in Return to Work programs consisting of five men and seven women participated in the study. The research question was aimed at identifying the reasons why an employee with CTS does or does not complete his or her employer-sponsored RTW program. Through the use of a constructivist grounded theory approach, which consisted of semi-structured interviews, open- ended interviews, and observations, the employees with CTS' own words helped to reveal the essence and influence that the physical, psychological, psychosomatic, and sociological aspects of CTS have on each other and how they influence an employee's day-to-day physical and psychological workplace activities. Three limitations of this research include (a) a small sample size; and (b) the research limited only to employees with carpal tunnel syndrome. Research emphasizes the importance of creating Return to Work programs that address the physical, psychological, psychosomatic, and sociological effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Future research should additional grounded theory studies are recommended to examine how the effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome financially extend to the employer and co-workers of employees with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The purpose of this study would be to confirm previous claims made in other studies about reducing workers' compensation claim insurance cost. The significant contribution of this research is the insight provided by employees with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounts of how they are treated in the workplace and how this affects them physically, psychologically, and sociologically, and psychosomatically.
This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Rostkowski, S. M., and Singh, R. K.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Insights to a Changing World Journal
Publication Language: 
English

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