Appropriateness and efficacy of Spa therapy for musculoskeletal disorders. A Delphi method consensus initiative among experts in Italy

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Objective. The aim of the study was to identify the main aspects concerning appropri-ateness and efficacy of Spa therapy for musculoskeletal pathologies. Methods. A committee of 8 experts from Italian universities, public hospitals, territorial services, research institutes and patient associations was set up. Clinicians from Italian medical centers specialized in rheumatology, rehabilitation and thermal medicine took part in a Delphi process aimed at obtaining consensus statements among the partici-pants. Results. Large consensus was obtained for statements grouped under the following main themes: treatment indications; choice of treatment modality and treatment efficacy. Conclusions. The experts developed a number of consensus statements which may be used as a practical reference to guide the choice of physicians to treat musculoskeletal diseases with Spa therapy.

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Marco Paoloni - "Sapienza" University of Rome - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0947-9711

Andrea Bernetti - "Sapienza" University of Rome - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Ovidio Brignoli

Daniela Coclite - Ufficio Relazioni Esterne, Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Antonio Fraioli

Stefano Masiero - Rehabilitation Unit, Department of Neuroscience DNS, University of Padova

Antonello Napoletano - Ufficio Relazioni Esterne, Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Nicola Quirino

Franco Rengo

Carlo Ruosi

Ugo Viora - ANMAR- Associazione Nazionale Malati Reumatici Onlus

Marco Vitale

Valter Santilli

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Paoloni, M., Bernetti, A., Brignoli, O., Coclite, D., Fraioli, A., Masiero, S., Napoletano, A., Quirino, N., Rengo, F., Ruosi, C., Viora, U., Vitale, M., & Santilli, V. (2017). Appropriateness and efficacy of Spa therapy for musculoskeletal disorders. A Delphi method consensus initiative among experts in Italy. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 53(1), 70-76. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/521
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