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Curr Med Res Opin. 2006 Jan;22(1):131-7.

Prescribed vitamin D and calcium preparations in patients treated with bone remodelling agents in primary care: a report of a pilot study.

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Gloucestershire Primary and Community Care Audit Group, Gloucester, UK. jonathan@bayly.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Recent guidelines recommend that patients receiving treatment for osteoporosis should also receive supplementation with calcium and vitamin D unless they are calcium and vitamin D replete. Given that the majority of elderly patients have inadequate levels of vitamin D and that determining nutritional status is time-consuming and costly, it seems prudent to ensure that the majority of patients aged over 65 and receiving medication for osteoporosis should receive supplementation as a matter of course.

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the level of co-prescription of calcium and vitamin D in patients receiving treatment for osteoporosis with bisphosphonates, teriparatide, raloxifene or strontium.

STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS:

A pilot audit of nine general practices covering a population of 61 202.

RESULTS:

Overall, 1.1% (n = 662) of patients were receiving treatment for osteoporosis; of those, only 34.1% of patients were co-prescribed calcium or calcium and vitamin D. Levels of co-prescription varied considerably across practices from 74.0% to 12.2%.

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite national guidelines, co-prescription of calcium and vitamin D with treatment for osteoporosis remains sub-optimal with considerable variation between practices. Strategies should be adopted to increase physician awareness of widespread vitamin D inadequacy, the rationale for supplementation and poor compliance.

PMID:
16393439
DOI:
10.1185/030079906X80288
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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