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91 percent of psychiatric hospital admissions had less than 20 ng of vitamin D – May 2018

Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in adult patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital

BJPsych Bulletin (2018) Page 1 of 4, doi:10.1192/bjb.2017.34
Dipen Patel,1 Manjunath Minajagi, 1Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Leicester, UK, Dipen Patel (dpatel12@nhs.net)


Admissions from study on this page

Primary diagnosis % admission
Depressive episode 27.9
Bipolar affective disorder 17.3
Schizophrenia 17.3
Personality disorder 13.5
Acute or unspecified psychotic disorder6.7
Psychoactive substance-related disorders 6.7
Schizoaffective disorder 4.8
Anxiety disorder2.9
Delusional disorder 1.9
Eating disorder 1

91% had < 20 ng of vitamin D
Note: Probably almost all admissions had <30 ng

Mental Illnesses list
of National Alliance of MI
# of items
Anxiety Disorders 754
Bipolar Disorder 8
Borderline Personality Disorder7
Cognitive 200
Depression 154
Dissociative Disorders -
Early Psychosis and Psychosis296
Eating Disorders132
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder 45
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder30
Schizoaffective Disorder58

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Aims and method Vitamin D deficiency is increasing in the general population, and is linked with physical and mental illness. However, evidence on its prevalence in people with mental illness is limited. This study investigated vitamin D deficiency in 104 adult patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital in the UK.
Results Forty-nine per cent were vitamin D deficient (serum 25(OH)D <30 nmol/L), and a further 42.3% were vitamin D insufficient (<50 nmol/L). On admission, 8.7% of patients were vitamin D sufficient (>50 nmol/L). There were no statistically significant differences in mean serum vitamin D between different subgroups of mental illness.
Clinical implications Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent among individuals with severe mental illness admitted to hospital. Assessment and treatment of vitamin D deficiency should be considered in in-patients to protect musculoskeletal health. Further epidemiological and intervention studies are needed to investigate the role of vitamin D in the pathophysiology of mental disorders.

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