Cost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in the treatment of elderly women and men with osteoporosis

M. Hiligsmann, W. Ben Sedrine, O. Bruyère, S.M. Evers, V. Rabenda, J.Y. Reginster

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Abstract

Background: The supplementation with vitamin D and calcium has been recommended for elderly, specifically those with increased risk of fractures older than 65 years. This study aims to assess the cost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in elderly women and men with osteoporosis and therefore to assess if this recommendation is justified in terms of cost-effectiveness. Methods: A validated model for economic evaluations in osteoporosis was used to estimate the cost per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) gained of vitamin D/calcium supplementation compared with no treatment. The model was populated with cost and epidemiological data from a Belgian health-care perspective. Analyses were conducted in women and men with a diagnosis of osteoporosis (i.e. bone mineral density T-score
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-25
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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