Heart & Circulation

Cochrane Vascular needs a Consumer Reviewer to comment on a review investigating balneotherapy (water therapy) for treating people with chronic venous insufficiency

Skills / interests: Consumer (public, patient, carer) input

Chronic venous insufficiency is a disease caused by abnormal transport of blood into the veins of the lower limbs, which means the veins cannot pump enough blood back to the heart. This condition is defined by several signs, with gnarled and enlarged veins being the most common and venous ulcers being the most severe. There is a wide variety of management options or therapies for chronic venous insufficiency, ranging from surgery and medicine to compression (applying force) and physical therapies. Balneotherapy is a possible way to deliver physical therapy for people with chronic venous insufficiency. Balneotherapy is a traditional medical technique that involves water and is usually practised in spas. It consists of immersion in mineral water or mud loaded with minerals. It may or may not include exercises. We wanted to find out if balneotherapy could improve the quality of life of people with chronic venous insufficiency when compared with usual care alone or to other treatments. If you have personal or carer experience of this condition your comments would be very useful. Systematic review methodology expertise is not needed. If you are interested, we will send you the review and a comments checklist.  This task will take between two to three hours.  Comments are needed by the 20th of January.

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