Vitamin D testing patterns among general practitioners in a major Victorian primary health care service

Usha Gowda, Ben J. Smith, Anita E. Wluka, David P S Fong, Ambika Kaur, Andre M N Renzaho

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Abstract

Objective: To examine 25(OH)D testing patterns and frequency among general practitioners in a major community health service. Method: A clinical audit of patient records at a community health centre in Melbourne was undertaken. Patients aged 18 years and above were included. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression was used to examine the association between vitamin D testing and socio-demographic characteristics while Poisson regression was used for the frequency of testing. Results: There were 1,217 patients tested for serum 25(OH)D. The community health centre was served by 12 general practitioners and an infectious disease specialist. The odds of vitamin D testing showed a positive, albeit weak, association with age (OR 1.01, 95%CI 1.00-1.02, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-147
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • 25(OH) D testing
  • over-diagnosis
  • Vitamin D deficiency

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