Effect of keyboard keyswitch design on hand pain JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE Rempel, D., Tittiranonda, P., Burastero, S., Hudes, M., So, Y. 1999; 41 (2): 111-119


This randomized clinical trial evaluated the effects of keyboard keyswitch design on computer users with hand paresthesias. Twenty computer users were matched and randomly assigned to keyboard A (n = 10) or B (n = 10). The keyboards were of conventional layout and differed in keyswitch design. Various outcome measures were assessed during the 12 weeks of use. Subjects assigned keyboard A experienced a decrease in hand pain between weeks 6 and 12 when compared with keyboard B subjects (P = 0.05) and demonstrated an improvement in the Phalen test time (right hand, P = 0.006; left hand, P = 0.06). Keyboard assignment had no significant effect on change in hand function or median nerve latency. We conclude that use of keyboard A for 12 weeks led to a reduction in hand pain and an improved physical examination finding when compared with keyboard B. There was no corresponding improvement in hand function or median nerve latency.

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