The cross-sectional relationship of hemoglobin levels and functional outcomes in women with self-reported osteoarthritis: results from the Women's Health Initiative.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism, Volume 41, Issue 3, p.406-14 (2011)


2011, Center-Authored Paper, Jan 12, January 2012, Public Health Sciences Division


Gastrointestinal blood loss is a recognized complication of the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in patients with arthritis. We examined the cross-sectional relationship of patient-reported outcomes of overall health, physical function, vitality, and quality of life to hemoglobin (hgb) levels in postmenopausal women with self-reported osteoarthritis to determine whether hgb levels as potential markers of chronic blood loss were associated with these functional outcomes.