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Table 10 Description of studies on wrist and hand pain

From: What is the prevalence of musculoskeletal problems in the elderly population in developed countries? A systematic critical literature review

  First author Publ. year Country Study design / Population / Method of collection Sample size Crude response rate (%) Outcome definition Outcome assessment method Prevalence period Age Prevalence* (95% CI) Risk of bias
    Total M F       M F Total  
Hand pain Keenan [73] 2006 UK 1993, (55+ yo), a two-stage random sample from the North Yorkshire Family Health Services Authority. Postal questionnaire 16222 ? ? 86 Any swelling, pain, or stiffness in any of their joints that lasted >6 weeks in the previous 3 months. (identified on a manikin) Self report 3 months 65-74 14.2 (13.0-15.6) 23.3 (21.8-24.9) 19.2 (17.8-20.6) L
75+ 11.6 (10.4-12.8) 25.3 (23.7-26.8) 20.6 (19.1-22.1)
Hand pain Thomas [87] 2004 UK (50+ yo), all patients from three GPs from the North Staffordshire Primary Care Research Consortium (the NorStOP). Postal questionnaire 7878 ? ? 70 “In the past 4 weeks have you had pain that has lasted for one day or longer in any part of your body?” [supplemented by a full body manikin] Self report One month 60-69    25.6 U
70-79 20.2
80+ 16.9
Wrist pain Parsons [77] 2007 UK 2001-3, (18+ yo), random samples from 16 Medical Research Council General Practice Research Framework practices, South East quadrant of the UK. Postal questionnaire 2501 1347 1154 47 The Chronic Pain Grade: Any ‘pain which has lasted for 3 months or longer and currently troubles respondents either all of the time or on and off' Self report 3 months 65-74    4 U
75-101 3
Wrist/hand pain Yaron [86] 2011 Israel 2002, 2006, 2008, (20+ yo), stratified sample drawn from a telephone database on different population sectors. Telephone interview + questionnaire 2520 47% 53% 59-66 The Community Oriented Program for the Control of Rheumatic Diseases core questionnaire (CCQ): “In the past 7 days have you experienced pain in any of the following sites: [hands/wrists]?” Self report One week 61+    33.0 U
Wrist/ hand pain Gummesson [89] 2003 Sweden 1997, (25–74 yo), stratified randomised sample from the Swedish population register in southern Sweden. Postal questionnaire 2466 ? ? 82 Chronic pain: ‘Where is the pain, numbness, or tingling located and since when have you had the symptoms?’ [wrist/hand, since 3 months] Self report Point 65-74 2.1 14.9   U
Wrist/ hand pain Picavet [78] 2003 The Netherlands 1998, (25+ yo), stratified random sample taken from the population register (the DMC3-study). Postal questionnaire 3664 45% 55% 46 [Wrist/hand] pain during the survey Self report Point 65+ 9.7 (7.3-12.1) 22.5 (19.1-25.9)   L
  1. *Prevalence estimates without decimals are obtained from figures/graphs in the article and should be interpreted with caution.
  2. L: Low, U: Unclear, H: High.
  3. GP: General practitioner; ACR: The American College of Rheumatology (ACR clinical criteria for RA [22]).