Although the study’s findings “will be of interest to the clinician, until further research is done, it is likely that the decision to prescribe estrogen replacement for women with RA will be based on other considerations,” he says. “Nonetheless, those women with RA who are on estrogen replacement will find it comforting to know that this treatment may help them over time with their activities of daily living and physical function.”
The study received no specific funding. One of the six coauthors receives grant funding from Pfizer and the Rheumatology Research Foundation.
- Mollard E, Pedro S, Chakravarty E, et al. The impact of menopause on functional status in women with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2018 Jan 29. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex526. [Epub ahead of print]