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Clinical audit of health promotion of vitamin D in one general practice

Marjan Kljakovic1*, Cathy Davey2, Rashmi Sharma3 and Divya Sharma4

Author Affiliations

1 Academic Unit of General Practice in the School of General Practice, Rural and Indigenous Health, at the Australian National University Medical School, PO Box 11 Woden, ACT 2606 Canberra, Australia

2 Practice nurse at Isabella Plains Medical Centre, 9 Arakoon Crescent Isabella Plains, ACT 2905 Canberra, Australia

3 General practitioner at Isabella Plains Medical Centre, 9 Arakoon Crescent, Isabella Plains, ACT 2905 Canberra, Australia

4 General practitioner at Isabella Plains Medical Centre, 9 Arakoon Crescent, Isabella Plains, ACT 2905 Canberra, Australia

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Asia Pacific Family Medicine 2012, 11:3  doi:10.1186/1447-056X-11-3

Published: 2 April 2012

Abstract

Background

The clinical audit of vitamin D health promotion in one Australian general practice was undertaken by measuring health service use and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in 995 patients aged 45 to 49 years.

Findings

Over 3 years, 486 (51%) patients had a Medicare funded Health Assessment. More women (54%) were assessed than men (46%) p = 0.010. Mean 25-OHD was higher for men (70.0 nmol/l) than women (60.3 nmol/l) p < 0.001. More patients had their weight measured (50%) than 25-OHD tested (28%).

Among 266 patients who had a 25-OHD test, 68 (26%) had normal levels 80+ nmol/l, 109 (41%) were borderline 51-79 nmol/l, and 89 (33%) were low < 51 nmol/l. Mean 25-OHD was higher in summer (73.7 nmol/l) than winter (54.7 nmol/l) p < 0.001. Sending uninvited written information about 25-OHD had no effect on patients' subsequent attendance.

Conclusions

Health promotion information about vitamin D was provided to 50% of a targeted group of patients over a one-year period. Provision of this information had no effect on the uptake rates of an invitation to attend for a general health assessment.

Keywords:
Vitamin D; Health promotion; General practice; Clinical audit