BHlthSc (Hon); PhD (enrolled)
Penny O’Brien is a PhD candidate with the OPUS Centre for Research Excellence and works casually as the OPUS Qualitative Trials Coordinator. Her research focus is on community factors associated with management of total knee replacements, decision making for total knee replacements and expectations for surgery. A prospective body of research exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians lived experience of osteoarthritis and access to culturally appropriate osteoarthritis is also underway.
Penny aims to explore management of osteoarthritis of the knee in the community (including general practice), including factors which affected people’s decisions to undertake treatments and their perceived effectiveness. She will also investigate the reasons for referral for TKR from the patient’s perspective; and factors associated with positive and negative outcomes of TKR from the patient’s perspective.
- O’Brien P, Bunzli S, Ayton D, Dowsey M, Gunn J, Manski Nankervis J. (2019) What are the patient factors that impact on decisions to progress to total knee replacement? A qualitative study involving patients with knee osteoarthritis. BMJ Open.
- Bunzli S, O’Brien P, Klem N, Incoll I, Singh J, Davaris M, Choong P, Dowsey M. (2020) Misconceived expectations. Patient reflections on the total knee replacement journey. Musculoskeletal Care.
- Bunzli S, O’Brien P, Ayton D, Dowsey M, Gunn J, Manski Nankervis, J. (2019) Misconceptions and the Acceptance of Evidence-based Nonsurgical Interventions for knee Osteoarthritis. A qualitative study. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
Other key roles
Qualitative Trials Coordinator, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne – coordinates qualitative components of a range of projects
Community Engagement Officer, SOMA (Students in Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Academia)