Vitamin D Deficiency: Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care

This CPD resource, composed of 11 clinical cases, assesses your knowledge and understanding of Vitamin D. On successful completion of this resource, you'll receive one hour of CPD.

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Resource Introduction

Vitamin D is misnamed, as it is in fact an import sterol hormone with receptors throughout the body’s organs including pancreas, immune system, breast, gut and blood vessels. Consequently, its role in health and disease is emerging and low concentrations are implicated in conditions such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (Ref: Vitamin D: the underappreciated D-lightful hormone that is important for skeletal and cellular health, MF Holick Current Opinion in Endocrinology & Diabetes Issue: Volume 9(1), February 2002, pp 87-98).

But, it is best known for its role in the maintenance of calcium metabolism and bone health. Much literature has emerged over recent years to reveal the problem of vitamin D deficiency and the importance of its treatment.

This module is composed of 10 assessment questions and will test the user's understanding of typical clinical scenarios relating to vitamin D deficiency, diagnosis and management.

Aims and Objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an improved understanding of:

  • Epidemiology of vitamin D deficiency
  • The signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency
  • When to request vitamin D concentrations
  • The approaches to the treatment of vitamin D deficiency and to what target levels to treat
  • The biochemical and clinical diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency