Vitamin D testing in the general population: a review of the clinical and cost-effectiveness and guidelines

Record ID 32016000130
Authors' recommendations: There is no evidence that vitamin D testing results in improved health outcomes in the general population. No information was found on the cost-effectiveness of vitamin D testing in the general population. For people at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency: Vitamin D testing may be useful for identifying those who might benefit from supplementation. One economic evaluation found that vitamin D testing was not cost-effective in pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers, whereas another found it to be cost-effective for preventing falls in community-dwelling older adults (these evaluations were not based in Canada). Guidelines recommend vitamin D testing for people at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency but not for the general population.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2015
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Rapid Review
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Blood Chemical Analysis
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
  • Vitamin D
Organisation Name: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
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