Have you had vesicovaginal fistula? Would you be interested in commenting on a Cochrane protocol that looks at the benefits and harms of surgery to fix it?

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

I am looking for a consumer to provide feedback on a Cochrane protocol, which aims to explore evidence on surgery for treating vesicovaginal fistula. A vesicovaginal fistula is an opening that develops between the bladder and the wall of the vagina. The result is that urine leaks out of the vagina, sometimes lightly but it can be steady if the fistula is large. Surgery to close off the opening is the only way to fix vesicovaginal fistulas.


Cochrane considers a consumer, in this case, to be a patient or carer of a patient who has had vesicovaginal fistulas. For consumer peer review, we will ask you to complete a short form with your feedback to ensure the protocol is accessible and relevant so that it will be helpful to patients and their carers/families with healthcare decision-making.


You are welcome to provide feedback on any aspect of the protocol, or you can focus your attention on the sections you feel are most relevant to consumers and stakeholders. Our aim is for this to be a manageable task, that does not overburden consumer reviewers.


Thank you in advance for considering!

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