Effects of cognitive and mental health factors on the outcomes following carpal tunnel release A systematic review and meta-analysis



This systematic review and meta-analysis showed that symptoms of depression have a moderate association with symptom severity, function and pain after carpal tunnel release [CTR]. Symptoms of anxiety, catastrophic thinking, and self-efficacy are also important indicators of poor post-surgery outcomes. Physicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists should consider evaluating these variables in patients undergoing CTR.

In Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 0, 0 (2021)
Thomas A. Püschel
Thomas A. Püschel
Postdoctoral researcher

I am an evolutionary anthropologist and vertebrate palaeobiologist mainly focused on human, primate and mammalian evolution. My main interest is to study organismal evolution by reconstructing and comparing the palaeobiology of fossils to their living ecological relatives. In order to do this, I apply a combination of phylogenetics, 3D morphometrics, virtual biomechanical techniques, computational simulations, statistical modelling, phylogenetic comparative methods, and fieldwork. I am part of the Venditti group, University of Reading, within the framework of the Leverhulme project ‘The evolutionary and biogeographical routes to hominin diversity’. I am also a research affiliate at the Institute of Human Sciences, University of Oxford, where I work together with the Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa, Mozambique.