Evidence in chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder guidelines: is it time to treat or time to wait?

Clin Kidney J. 2020 Jan 25;13(4):513-521. doi: 10.1093/ckj/sfz187. eCollection 2020 Aug.


Chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD) is one of the many important complications associated with CKD and may at least partially explain the extremely high morbidity and mortality among CKD patients. The 2009 Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Clinical Practice Guideline document was based on the best information available at that time and was designed not only to provide information but also to assist in decision-making. In addition to the international KDIGO Work Group, which included worldwide experts, an independent Evidence Review Team was assembled to ensure rigorous review and grading of the existing evidence. Based on the evidence from new clinical trials, an updated Clinical Practice Guideline was published in 2017. In this review, we focus on the conceptual and practical evolution of clinical guidelines (from eMinence-based medicine to eVidence-based medicine and 'living' guidelines), highlight some of the current important CKD-MBD-related changes, and underline the poor or extremely poor level of evidence present in those guidelines (as well as in other areas of nephrology). Finally, we emphasize the importance of individualization of treatments and shared decision-making (based on important ethical considerations and the 'best available evidence'), which may prove useful in the face of the uncertainty over the decision whether 'to treat' or 'to wait'.

Keywords: CKD; CKD–MBD; EBM; KDIGO; evidence-based medicine.

Publication types

  • Review