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Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study cohort: author response
  1. Carisa Harris-Adamson1,2,
  2. Ellen Christoph Eisen2,
  3. Ann Marie Dale3,
  4. Bradley Evanoff3,
  5. Kurt T Hegmann4,
  6. Matthew S Thiese4,
  7. Jay Kapellusch5,
  8. Arun Garg5,
  9. Susan Burt6,
  10. Barbara Silverstein7,
  11. Stephen Bao7,
  12. Linda Merlino8,
  13. Fred Gerr9,
  14. David Rempel9,10
  1. 1Department of Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA, USA
  2. 2Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
  3. 3Division of General Medical Science, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, USA
  4. 4Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  5. 5Center for Ergonomics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  6. 6National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati, OH, USA
  7. 7Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Olympia, WA, USA
  8. 8University of Iowa, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health, Iowa City, IA, USA
  9. 9Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
  10. 10Department of Bioengineering, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carisa Harris-Adamson, Department of Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California, USA; charrisadamson{at}samuelmerritt.edu, charrisadamson{at}gmail.com

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The analysis we presented in the August 2013 issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicine1 was performed by pooling raw data from 3515 workers from more than 50 workplaces collected by six research teams. This was not a meta-analysis but rather an analysis of data at the level of the individual participants. Meta-analyses are typically performed because the raw data are not available. Pooling of data at an individual subject level results in a more heterogeneous population with greater generalisability, increased variation in …

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