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Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement Michael L. LeFevre, MD, MSPH, on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force*

Description: New USPSTF recommendation on screening for vitamin D deficiency in adults. Methods: The USPSTF reviewed the evidence on screening for and treatment of vitamin D deficiency, including the benefits and harms of screening and early treatment. Population: This recommendation applies to communitydwelling, nonpregnant adults aged 18 years or older who are seen in primary care settings and are not known to have signs or symptoms of vitamin D deficiency or conditions for which vitamin D treatment is recommended.

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he U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) makes recommendations about the effectiveness of specific preventive care services for patients without related signs or symptoms. It bases its recommendations on the evidence of both the benefits and harms of the service and an assessment of the balance. The USPSTF does not consider the costs of providing a service in this assessment. The USPSTF recognizes that clinical decisions involve more considerations than evidence alone. Clinicians should understand the evidence but individualize decision making to the specific patient or situation. Similarly, the USPSTF notes that policy and coverage decisions involve considerations in addition to the evidence of clinical benefits and harms.

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATION AND EVIDENCE The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults. (I statement) See the Clinical Considerations section for suggestions for practice regarding the I statement. See the Figure for a summary of the recommendation and suggestions for clinical practice. Appendix Table 1 describes the USPSTF grades, and Appendix Table 2 describes the USPSTF classification of levels of certainty about net benefit (both tables are available at www.annals.org).

RATIONALE Importance No consensus exists on the definition of vitamin D deficiency or the optimal level of total serum 25-

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Recommendation: The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults. (I statement) Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:133-140. doi:10.7326/M14-2450 www.annals.org For author affiliation, see end of text. * For a list of USPSTF members, see the Appendix (available at www.annals.org). This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 25 November 2014.

hydroxyvitamin D [25-(OH)D] (the major form of vitamin D that circulates in the body). Depending on which cut point is used (usually

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