Less Than Half of Elderly Take Vitamin D Following Hip Fracture, Study Estimates
Among 573 hip fracture patients interviewed about their vitamin D intake for 2 years following hip fracture surgery, less than half (47.5%) reported that they took vitamin D consistently as recommended.
Also per the interviews, 35.6% of the patients reported that they took supplements inconsistently, and less than 19% took no supplements.
The participants’ mean patient age was 74.1, and the majority of them (66.3%) were women.
The study was presented during the
“Vitamin D supplementation following hip fracture surgery is grossly under-prescribed,” says co-study author
According to an AAOS position statement, it is recommended that physicians proactively screen, monitor, and, if necessary, assist in getting treatment for elderly and other at-risk patients for osteoporosis following an initial bone fracture to prevent subsequent fractures, per the release.