Secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT) is associated with higher mortality in dialysis patients. The calcimimetic cinacalcet reduces intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) in dialysis patients. The randomized controlled EVOLVE trial failed to unequivocally prove survival advantage of cinacalcet in dialysis patients. However, recent post hoc analyses suggested a benefit in subgroups of dialysis patients. Large observational cohort studies may represent an option to better determine such subgroups.