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Schmajuk G, Tonner C, Miao Y
Folic acid supplementation is suboptimal in a national cohort of older veterans receiving low dose oral methotrexate.
The authors aimed to determine the prevalence, predictors of, and persistence of folic acid use in a population-based cohort of methotrexate (MTX) users with rheumatic diseases. They found that patients who did not see a rheumatologist were 23% less likely to receive folic acid compared to patients who did have a rheumatologist visit during the baseline period, and after 20 months, only 50% of patients continued to receive folic acid. The authors recommend improving patient safety for users of MTX by standardizing workflows for folic acid supplementation.
Citation: Schmajuk G, Tonner C, Miao Y . Folic acid supplementation is suboptimal in a national cohort of older veterans receiving low dose oral methotrexate. PLoS One 2016 Dec 15;11(12):e0168369. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168369.
Keywords: Elderly, Healthcare Utilization, Medication, Arthritis