VetMetrica health-related quality of life tools contribute to a significantly reduced placebo effect in veterinary clinical trials
VetMtetrica health-related quality of life (HRQL) tools contribute to a significantly reduced placebo effect in veterinary clinical trials. In doing so, they both bring the general wellbeing of the animal to the fore and reduce trial costs.
I am delighted that “Frontiers in Veterinary Science” has accepted for publication our paper entitled ‘Optimisation of scores generated by an online feline health–related quality of life (HRQL) instrument to assist the veterinary user interpret its results’.
Our work with HRQL in dogs is already well documented. This latest paper specifically features HRQL in cats and will be published soon.
In summary, the paper describes VetMetrica HRQL tools and their significance for the following reasons:
- Although well established in human medicine, this optimisation of scores represents a first in veterinary medicine
- It allows the clinician to compare an individual cat’s scores to the healthy cat population
- This provides a threshold to determine if a cat is sick or healthy
- It allows the clinician to determine if an improvement with treatment is clinically meaningful, rather than happening by chance
- It contributes to the low placebo effect we see with VetMetrica HRQL tools, which in turn decreases trial costs
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