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Characterizing the assessment and management of vitamin d levels in patients with osteoporosis in clinical practice: a chart review initiative.

Adachi JD, Brown JP, Ioannidis G - J Osteoporos (2015)

Bottom Line: Physicians also evaluated patients' current regimens and detailed proposed changes, if applicable.Nearly 85% of patients were prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements.Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels were available for 73% of patients.

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Affiliation: Charlton Medical Centre, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, 25 Charlton Avenue E., Suite 501, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 1Y2.

ABSTRACT
Though vitamin D is important for bone health, little is known about the monitoring and management of vitamin D levels in patients with osteoporosis in clinical practice-a deficit this chart review initiative aimed to remedy. A total of 52 physicians completed profiles for 983 patients being treated for osteoporosis between November 2008 and April 2009. Information collected included demographics; fracture risk factors; availability and level of serum vitamin D measurements; and information on osteoporosis medications and calcium and vitamin D supplementation. Physicians also evaluated patients' current regimens and detailed proposed changes, if applicable. Nearly 85% of patients were prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements. Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels were available for 73% of patients. Of these patients, approximately 50% had levels less than 80 nmol/L, which contrasts with the 37% thought to have "unsatisfactory" vitamin D levels based on physician perceptions. Physicians felt 26% of patients would benefit from additional vitamin D supplementation. However, no changes to the osteoporosis regimen were suggested for 48% of patients perceived to have "unsatisfactory" vitamin D levels. The results underscore the importance of considering vitamin D status when looking to optimize bone health.

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Level of vitamin D supplementation (n = 983). Note: numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding.
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fig1: Level of vitamin D supplementation (n = 983). Note: numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding.

Mentions: Almost all patients had been receiving treatment for osteoporosis for over a year, as shown in Table 1. Bisphosphonates, prescribed to nearly 80% (n/N = 777/983) of patients, were the most commonly used pharmacotherapy and 85% (n/N = 834/983) of patients were prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements. Most patients (77.2%, n/N = 759/983) received more than 600 mg/day of supplemental calcium, as seen in Figure 1. As shown in Figure 1, approximately half (n/N = 495/983) of patients were prescribed ≥5600 IU per week of vitamin D supplementation, in accordance with Osteoporosis Canada recommendations [11].


Characterizing the assessment and management of vitamin d levels in patients with osteoporosis in clinical practice: a chart review initiative.

Adachi JD, Brown JP, Ioannidis G - J Osteoporos (2015)

Level of vitamin D supplementation (n = 983). Note: numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Level of vitamin D supplementation (n = 983). Note: numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding.
Mentions: Almost all patients had been receiving treatment for osteoporosis for over a year, as shown in Table 1. Bisphosphonates, prescribed to nearly 80% (n/N = 777/983) of patients, were the most commonly used pharmacotherapy and 85% (n/N = 834/983) of patients were prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements. Most patients (77.2%, n/N = 759/983) received more than 600 mg/day of supplemental calcium, as seen in Figure 1. As shown in Figure 1, approximately half (n/N = 495/983) of patients were prescribed ≥5600 IU per week of vitamin D supplementation, in accordance with Osteoporosis Canada recommendations [11].

Bottom Line: Physicians also evaluated patients' current regimens and detailed proposed changes, if applicable.Nearly 85% of patients were prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements.Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels were available for 73% of patients.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Charlton Medical Centre, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, 25 Charlton Avenue E., Suite 501, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 1Y2.

ABSTRACT
Though vitamin D is important for bone health, little is known about the monitoring and management of vitamin D levels in patients with osteoporosis in clinical practice-a deficit this chart review initiative aimed to remedy. A total of 52 physicians completed profiles for 983 patients being treated for osteoporosis between November 2008 and April 2009. Information collected included demographics; fracture risk factors; availability and level of serum vitamin D measurements; and information on osteoporosis medications and calcium and vitamin D supplementation. Physicians also evaluated patients' current regimens and detailed proposed changes, if applicable. Nearly 85% of patients were prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements. Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels were available for 73% of patients. Of these patients, approximately 50% had levels less than 80 nmol/L, which contrasts with the 37% thought to have "unsatisfactory" vitamin D levels based on physician perceptions. Physicians felt 26% of patients would benefit from additional vitamin D supplementation. However, no changes to the osteoporosis regimen were suggested for 48% of patients perceived to have "unsatisfactory" vitamin D levels. The results underscore the importance of considering vitamin D status when looking to optimize bone health.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus