Clinical Updates: Vitamin D and Bone Health


Type: Clinical Update

Launched: June 1, 2014

Expires: May 31, 2016

Credits: 1.0 hr

Audience: MD & RN - Case-based discussion of topic for all healthcare professionals

Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process: Physician learners will read and analyze the subject matter, conduct additional informal research through related internet searches on the subject matter, and complete a post-test assessment of knowledge and skills gained as a result of the activity.


  1. Describe Vitamin D synthesis and activation in the body.
  2. Identify risk for vitamin D inadequacy in individual patients.
  3. List medications that can cause vitamin D deficiency.
  4. Recommend dietary and supplemental sources of vitamin D.
  5. Determing a patient's recommended vitamin D intake.


The views and observations presented in this Continuing Education publication are those of the authors/editors and do not necessarily reflect those of the funders or producers of this publication. Readers are urged to consult current prescribing and clinical practice information in any drug, device or procedure discussed in this publication.


Vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the U.S. The elderly and institutionalized are at particularly high risk for severe deficiency. The resulting low bone density and fractures may indicate osteomalacia, osteoporosis, or both. Ensuring appropriate patient care requires accurate vitamin D measurement and correction of vitamin D deficiency before diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

Activity summary

This issue of Osteoporosis: Clinical Updates discusses the complex role of vitamin D in bone health and recommended methods for measuring and supplementing vitamin D in typical patients.


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