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Vitamin D: Moving Toward Evidence-based Decision Making in Primary Care

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Vitamin D: Moving Toward Evidence-based
Decision Making in Primary Care

December 2-3, 2014

♦ Summary of Conference Presentations/Discussions

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Primary care practitioners are on the front lines dealing with
today’s public health interests in vitamin D. Decisions about
screening for vitamin D status, interpreting laboratory measures,
and determining interventions such as supplementation lend
themselves to evidence-based approaches to decision making
in primary care practice, but such approaches may be misunderstood
or overlooked.

Through its Vitamin D Initiative, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) leads several efforts to advance scientific understanding of vitamin D and health. On December 2-3, 2014, ODS sponsored a conference and videocast titled, “Vitamin D: Moving Toward Evidence-based Decision Making in Primary Care,” at NIH’s Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD, in collaboration with federal cosponsors. This conference provided a forum to identify and discuss issues focused on evidence-based decision making for vitamin D in primary care settings. Also, research gaps and data needs relevant to improving approaches and reducing uncertainties surrounding vitamin D were highlighted.

A summary of the conference presentations and discussions has been prepared and is available in PDF format (see link above). Speakers were invited  to give informal presentations; written text was not requested. Therefore, the document was compiled from the spoken words of the participants but it is not a transcript. The conference can also be viewed in its entirety in video format (see link above). 

Conference Agenda

Speaker Biographies


  • NIH: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • NIH: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
  • NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • NIH: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)