Evid Based Nurs 11:87 doi:10.1136/ebn.11.3.87
  • Treatment

Honey-impregnated dressings and usual care did not differ for healing venous leg ulcers

A Jull

Dr A Jull, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand;


Is honey effective for the management of venous leg ulcers?



randomised controlled trial (Honey as Adjuvant Leg Ulcer Therapy [HALT] trial).




blinded (outcome assessor).

Follow-up period:

12 weeks.


4 community-based district nursing services in Auckland, South Auckland, Waikato, and Christchurch, New Zealand.


368 patients (mean age 68 y, 51% women) who had venous ulcers or mixed venous and arterial ulcers and could tolerate compression. Exclusion criteria were history of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or peripheral arterial disease, allergy to calcium alginate or manuka honey, and current honey treatment.


calcium alginate dressings impregnated with manuka honey (n = 187) or usual care (a range of dressings) (n = 181). All patients received compression bandaging. Honey dressings were changed when compression bandaging was changed.


included complete healing at 12 weeks (defined as complete …

Free Sample

This recent issue is free to all users to allow everyone the opportunity to see the full scope and typical content of EBN.
View free sample issue >>

EBN Journal Chat

The EBN Journal Chat offers readers the opportunity to participate in discussion about research articles and commentaries from Evidence Based Nursing (EBN).

How to participate >>

Don't forget to sign up for content alerts so you keep up to date with all the articles as they are published.

Navigate This Article