Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases | Preventive Medicine
Importance: Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that performs an important role in calcium homeostasis and bone metabolism and also affects many other cellular regulatory functions outside the skeletal system. Vitamin D requirements may vary by individual; thus, no one serum vitamin D level cutpoint defines deficiency, and no consensus exists regarding the precise serum levels of vitamin D that represent optimal health or sufficiency.
Objective: To update its 2014 recommendation, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) commissioned a systematic review on screening for vitamin D deficiency, including the benefits and harms of screening and early treatment.
Population: Community-dwelling, nonpregnant adults who have no signs or symptoms of vitamin D deficiency or conditions for which vitamin D treatment is recommended.
Evidence Assessment: The USPSTF concludes that the overall evidence on the benefits of screening for vitamin D deficiency is lacking. Therefore, the balance of benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults cannot be determined.
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).
DOI of Published Version
US Preventive Services Task Force, Krist AH, Davidson KW, Mangione CM, Cabana M, Caughey AB, Davis EM, Donahue KE, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kubik M, Li L, Ogedegbe G, Owens DK, Pbert L, Silverstein M, Stevermer J, Tseng CW, Wong JB. Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2021 Apr 13;325(14):1436-1442. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.3069. PMID: 33847711. Link to article on publisher's site
Krist AH, Pbert L. (2021). Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2021.3069. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/faculty_pubs/2004