The Use of Vitamin D in Multiple Sclerosis
To improve the care of people with MS through improving the consistency of management of vitamin D levels in MS patients.
Regarding vitamin D levels in MS, further objectives were to:
- establish guidance for HCPs and people with MS on testing and treatment
- reduce variance in practice and ensure consistent practice
- ensure consistent advice to people with MS regarding supplementation
- There is a lack of clear or consistent guidance around vitamin D levels in MS both locally and nationally.
- No national guidance exists and published studies vary greatly in their recommendations over testing, management and optimal vitamin D levels, which varies again from NICE guidance.
- The pilot study assessed 50 newly diagnosed patients and found significant variation in testing and management practices.
- A literature review found little consensus in testing and management practices or in optimal levels of vitamin D.
- NICE guidance on vitamin D levels for the general population suggest significantly lower levels than those suggested in academic papers on vitamin D levels in people with MS.
- Published guidance has no consensus on optimal vitamin D levels for people with MS.
- Anecdotal reports suggest people with MS are often left feeling uncertain about the use of vitamin D supplements for their MS.
- To carry out a UK-wide survey of practice across all UK disease-modifying therapy (DMT) prescribing centres.
- To develop consensus guidance on optimal testing, management and supplementation of vitamin D in people with MS.
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