Severity scoring of symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome based on recall of computer game playing experiences

Nurul Hidayah Mat Zain, Azizah Jaafar, Fariza Hanis Abdul Razak

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the severity scoring of symptoms that are often associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The symptoms were identified based on participants' recalled experiences of computer game playing, specifically on desktop computer platforms. We conducted the assessment among Malaysian university students by using the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire. The data were collected from 120 students in the age range of 18-25 years. The results indicated that the mean score for symptom severity was 1.59, the standard deviation was 0.49 and most of the cases were mild (N = 88, 73.3%). Meanwhile, the mean score for functional severity was 1.33, the standard deviation was 0.52 and half of the participants described having hand functions affected (N = 62, 51.7%). The same participants were also required to answer questions pertaining to their perceptions of desktop computer gaming. The results showed the participants' agreement with the proposition that a user interface for special needs, such as the needs of hand-impaired users, should be designed (75.0%). There was a significant association between students who were less interested in computer game playing and a feeling of hand discomfort (p < 0.001). This study shows that even though the incidence of symptoms associated with CTS among students is predominant, the symptom severity is in the mild category.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-135
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology
Volume63
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (BCTQ)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Computer Game
  • Computer-Game Playing
  • University Students

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  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Severity scoring of symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome based on recall of computer game playing experiences. / Zain, Nurul Hidayah Mat; Jaafar, Azizah; Razak, Fariza Hanis Abdul.

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