Vitamin D: Less than half of elderly hip fracture patients take supplements as recommended | AAOS

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Takeaway

  • Despite well-developed vitamin D supplementation guidelines, a surprisingly low proportion of elderly hip fracture patients are consistently taking vitamin D,

Why this matters

  • The data suggest a potential need for additional strategies to promote compliance with vitamin D supplementation in this population. 

Key results

  • A total of 573 patients were included in the final analysis.
  • The mean age was 74.1; the majority were female (66.3%) and had undisplaced fractures (72.4%).
  • Some 18.7% reported never taking vitamin D, 35.6% reported taking vitamin D inconsistently, and 45.7% reported taking vitamin D consistently.
  • The adjusted analysis found that consistent vitamin D supplementation post-fracture was associated with an increase of 2.42 in the physi...