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Table 1 Participant demographic and occupational characteristics

From: Return to work after carpal tunnel release surgery: a qualitative interview study

Pseudonym Sex Age category (years) Healthcare setting Type of work contracta Work role Available sick pay Dominant hand Side of CTR Post-operative work absence (days) Interview timing (days after surgery)
Expected Actual
Jill F 51–60 NHS 2 Employed Sales assistant Unsure Right Right 14 21 119
Debbie F 51–60 NHS 1 Employed Nurse > 6 months Right Right 21 21 152
Alan M 51–60 NHS 1 Self-employed Maintenance < 1 week Right Right 7 7 151
Sarah F 61–70 NHS 1 Self-employed Stable owner > 6 months Right Right NR 0 123
Peter M 51–60 NHS 2 Employed Mechanic < 1 week Right Left 21 16 130
Emma F 51–60 NHS 2 Employed Optician 1–6 months Both Left 42 42 115
George M 61–70 NHS 2 Self-employed Gardener < 1 week Left Right 21 14 155
Helen F 51–60 NHS 1 Employed Nurse > 6 months Right Right 21 8 149
Fiona F 21–30 NHS 1 Employed Animal technician 1–6 months Right Right 21 21 160
Donna F 31–40 NHS 2 Employed Police officer 1–6 months Right Left 14 42 118
Charlotte F 41–50 NHS 2 Employed Postal worker 1–6 months Right Right 21 98 119
Vicky F 41–50 Private Employed Secretary 1–6 months Right Right 7 4 114
Amanda F 41–50 Private Employed Administrator > 6 months Right Right 14 6 155
Alison F 41–50 NHS 2 Zero hours contract Carer < 1 week Right Right 21 28 94
  1. aAll participants listed as employed reported having a permanent work contract
  2. CTR carpal tunnel release, NR not reported, F female, M male, NHS 1 NHS primary care, NHS 2 NHS secondary care, private private healthcare setting