Title

Knowledge and preventive practices regarding carpal tunnel syndrome among selected sonographers and sonologists in the province of Cavite.

Date of Completion

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology

Keywords

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Ultrasonography

Abstract

Age, gender, length of service and past diagnosis of CTS were the demographic variables included in the study. The research utilized the correlation research design. Using purposive sampling technique, there were 65 sonographers and sonologists were included as respondents of the study. It used a self-made instrument based on the perceptions of the Health Belief Model to determine the knowledge and preventive practices of the respondents regarding CTS. Mean, percentage, ANOVA, frequency, standard deviation, t-test for independent mean and Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient were the statistical tools employed in the study. Based on the results, 1) most of the respondents came from the age group of 36-45 years old, female, employed for more than five (5) years, and were not diagnosed with CTS in the past; 2) majority of the respondents had a very good knowledge towards CTS; 3) majority of the respondents' preventive practices were verbally interpreted as moderately practiced. Specifically, the respondents always make use of accessories needed for scanning that are nearby and easily accessible. Respondents also ensure that they position themselves as close to the patients as possible and cables are long enough to permit unrestricted use. Both are verbally interpreted as moderately practiced; 4) the knowledge of the respondents regarding CTS when grouped according to age, gender, length of service and past diagnosis of CTS were the same; 5) the respondents' preventive practices when grouped according to age, length of service and past diagnosis of CTS were the same. However, there is a significant difference on the respondents' preventive practices when grouped according to gender. Female respondents perform more preventive practices compared to males; 6) there is no significant relationship between the knowledge and preventive practices regarding CTS among the respondents.

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