Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

Parameters to measure in feline CKD treatment

Cats with CKD- which parameters are the most important for trials?

This study is being undertaken as part of PhD research and has received approval from the ethics committee at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham.

The study will be conducted online, using questionnaires distributed to an anonymous panel of people. The aim of the study is to reach consensus (agreement) on which things are the most important to measure in treatment trials that involve cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD). 

The final panel will include:

  • Owners who currently own cats with CKD or have done in the past
  • Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses
  • Researchers working on CKD in cats
  • Clinical pathologists
  • Veterinary Journal Editors
  • Representatives from pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturers and regulatory agencies.

Why is this work important?

In trials that involve cats with CKD that have already been published there are nearly 100 different parameters that have been measured and there is no agreement as to which are most important. 

We are aiming to develop a “core set” of parameters to measure in all future treatment trials involving cats with CKD. This will make it easier for the results of future trials of new and existing treatments to be compared and combined, which will improve our understanding of which treatments are most effective in cats with CKD. 

What do you need to do next? 

Please sign and fill in your contact information on the link below, to register an interest in being selected for the panel:


If you have any questions about this work, please email us: Hannah.Doit@nottingham.ac.uk with the subject line: CKD


Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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Email: CEVM@nottingham.ac.uk