W12-027: Development of outcome assessment instruments for chronic pain in cats
Dorothy Cimino Brown; University of Pennsylvania: $24,513
It is crucially important to identify pain fighting medications that are safe for cats, so we can treat conditions such as arthritis or cancer better. Once a treatment option has been identified, studies must be designed carefully to prove that the new treatment is effective. The greatest obstacle is the need for reliable ways to measure pain in cats. The goal of this project is to develop a tool called the "Feline Brief Pain Inventory." This will be an owner-completed questionnaire that will identify and report on how the cat behaves at home, focusing on behaviors that relate to pain. The project will also evaluate the use of an activity monitor that is worn on the cat's collar while at home to determine how many days the monitor must be worn to collect reliable data.
Dr. Monica Knopf