ArticleEffects of Anemia on Rehabilitation Outcomes in Elderly Patients in the Post-Acute Care SettingWitkoś, Maciej MSc; Uttaburanont, Michelle MS; Lang, Christopher BS; Haddad, Rami MD, FACPAuthor Information Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center, North Chicago, Illinois. Corresponding Author: Maciej Witkoś, MSc, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3001 Green Bay Rd, North Chicago, IL 60064 ([email protected]). This study was financed by the “Trainee Research Award” from the American Society of Hematology (ASH). This material is the result of work supported with the resources and the use of facilities of at the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Hospital. Disclaimer: ASH had no role in the design, methods, subject recruitment, data collections, analysis, and preparation of this article. There is no conflict of interest by any of the authors. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States government. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: July 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 3 - p 222-230 doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e3181b02d77 Buy Metrics Abstract We investigated how anemia affects patients' rehabilitation as measured by performance of activities of daily living, rehabilitation goals, disposition, and length of stay. We used 124 patients' medical records. Physical therapists specified rehabilitation goals and disposition of patients and measured their activities of daily living using Functional Independence Measure scores. We conducted descriptive, univariate, and multivariate analysis of the data. Of the 124 patients, 87 were found to be anemic. The 19 patients treated for anemia had a week shorter length of stay, more goals of therapy met, 2-point better Functional Independence Measure scores, and better disposition versus nontreated anemic patients. Anemia treatment improves patient outcomes. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.