A comparison of 25-hydroxyvitamin D serum levels in acute and long-stay psychiatric inpatients: A preliminary investigation

  • Norelli L
  • Coates A
  • Kovasznay B
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Abstract

Background and aims: Little is known about the vitamin D status of patients with severe psychiatric disorders, a potential contributing factor to elevated rates of morbidity and mortality. This descriptive study assessed serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels in hospital patients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorder, compared to a non-patient control group. Methods: Assessment of serum 25(OH)D levels in 20 acute care (≤60 days), 20 long-stay (≥6 months) adult public psychiatric hospital inpatients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, compared to 20 normal controls. Results: High rates of hypovitaminosis D were found in all three groups with no significant differences in levels between groups: mean ± SD 25(OH)D levels acute care patients 19.1 ± 9.8. ng/ml, long-stay patients 20.0 ± 8.9. ng/ml, normal controls 22.7 ± 13.0. ng/ml. Over half of all subjects (32 out of 60) had deficient levels (

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  • Schizophrenia Vitamin D deficiency Public health Nutrition

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Authors

  • Lisa J. Norelli

  • Andrew D. Coates

  • Beatrice M. Kovasznay

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