Vitamin D Status in Veterans with inflammatory bowel disease: Relationship to Health care costs and services

Antwan Atia, Ravindra Murthy, Beth A. Bailey, Todd Manning, Linda L. Garrett, Dima Youssef, Alan N. Peiris

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Abstract

Vitamin D deficiency is a global pandemic associated with increased health care costs and could play a role in the pathogenesis and management of inflammatory bowel disease. This study examined vitamin D status in veterans with ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) and assessed its relationship to health care costs and service utilization. Veteran patients (n = 125) with UC or CD and with an available 25-hydroxyvitamin D level were studied. CD patients were more likely to be vitamin D insufficient than the UC group. Despite the higher vitamin D levels among UC patients, they were significantly more likely to utilize laboratory and pharmacy services compared with CD patients, whereas patients with CD had significantly higher radiology and pharmacy costs. Thus, it is likely that disease-specific characteristics rather than vitamin D status determine the costs of health care services in veterans with established inflammatory bowel disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-714
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume176
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

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