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Review: multivitamins and mineral supplements do not reduce infections in elderly people

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Q In elderly people, do multivitamins and mineral supplements reduce the risk of infections more than placebo?


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AMED, Biological Abstracts, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, Science and Social Science Citation Indexes, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, EBM reviews, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, IBIDS, Medline, NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination databases, and PreMedline (1966 to January 2004); searches of published reviews, guidelines, Health Evidence Bulletin Wales, and conference abstracts; and reference lists of relevant articles.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared the effects of a combination of multivitamins and mineral supplements with placebo in elderly people and reported infection related outcomes. Study quality was assessed using the 5 point Jadad scale.

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days with infection, incidence of ⩾1 infection during the study period, …

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  • * Role of multivitamins and mineral supplements in preventing infections in elderly people: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials [correction]. OpenUrlFREE Full Text . Also see supplement at

  • For correspondence: Dr A El-Kadiki, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK. alia{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.