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Published Research by AHTA Members

Bugden B

Bugden B. A proposed method of goniometric measurement of the dart-throwers motion. J Hand Ther 2012, 26: 77–80


Driessens S

Southam M, Driessens S, Burton C, Pope R, Thurnwald P. A retrospective cohort study of QuickDASH scores for common acute trauma conditions presenting for hand therapy. J Hand Ther 2016, Publication stage: In Press Corrected Proof

Driessens S, Diserens-Chew T, Burton C, Lassig E, Hartley C, McPhail S. A retrospective cohort investigation of active range of motion within one week of open reduction and internal fixation of distal radius fracture. J Hand Ther 2013, 26(3): 225-231.


Glasgow C

Glasgow C, Fleming J, Tooth LR, Peters S. Randomized controlled trial of daily total end range time (TERT) for capener splinting of the stiff proximal interphalangeal joint. Am J Occup Ther 2012, 66: 243-248. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.00281.

Glasgow C, Tooth L, Fleming J, Peters S. Splinting for the stiff hand following trauma: predictors of contracture resolution. J Hand Ther 2011, 24(3): 195-206.


Harwood C,

Harwood C, Turner L (2016) Conservative management of midcarpal instability. J Hand Surg (Eur) 2016, 41E(1): 102–109.


Jongs R

Jongs R, Harvey L, Gwinn T, Lucas B. Dynamic splints do not reduce contracture following distal radial fracture: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy 2012, 58: 173–180.


McMaster E

McMaster E, Roberts T. Handwriting in 2015: A main occupation for primary school–aged children in the classroom? Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention. 2016, 9:1, 38-50.


Miller L

Miller L, Ada L, Crosbie J and Wajon A. Pattern of recovery after open reduction and internal fixation of proximal phalangeal fractures in the finger: a prospective longitudinal study. J Hand Surg (Euro) 2016. Epub ahead of print.

Miller L, Crosbie J, Wajon A, Ada L. No difference between two types of exercise after proximal phalangeal fracture fixation: a randomised trial. Journal of Physiotherapy 2016, 62: 12–19.

Miller L and Crosbie J. The benefits of early active motion on thumb range of motion following extensor pollicis longus tendon repair in zones TIII–TV: A prospective comparison pilot study. Hand Therapy 2013, 18(4): 109–117.


O’Brien L

O’Brien, L (2015) Problem Based Learning; In Brown T and Williams, B (Eds) Evidence-based education in the health professions, (pp 288-300) London, UK: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd

Bourke-Taylor, H, Brown,T, and O’Brien, L (in press) Research in Occupational Therapy; in Brown,T, Bourke-Taylor, H, Isbel, S and Cordier, R (Eds) Occupational Therapy in Australia: Professional and Practice Issues Melbourne, Australia: Allen and Unwin

O’Brien, L , Wallace, S and Romero, L (in press) Effect of Psychosocial and Vocational Interventions on Return to Work Rates in People Post Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Systematic Review Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention

Haas R, Bowles, KA, O’Brien, L, Haines, T (in press) Strong agreement between patient self-report and therapist-assessed performance on the the de Morton Mobility Index Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Knight, A, Waskiak, J, Salway, J and O'Brien, L (in press) Which factors predict health status and recovery of hand function after hand burns in the second year post hospital discharge? Burns

Taylor, RL, Brown, T and O'Brien, L (e-publication ahead of print) A randomized controlled trial of comparative effectiveness of elastic therapeutic tape, sham tape or eccentric exercises alone for lateral elbow tendinosis; Hand Therapy

Jansons, P, Haines, T O’Brien, L (e-publication ahead of print) Interventions to improve ongoing exercise adherence for adults with chronic health conditions who have completed a supervised exercise program: Systematic review and meta-analysis Clinical Rehabilitation

Haas, R, Sarkies, M, Bowles, KA, O’Brien, L, Haines, T (e-publication ahead of print) Early commencement of physical therapy in the acute phase following lower limb arthroplasty produces favorable outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis examining allied health service models Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

Cumming, K, O'Brien, L, Harris, J (e-publication ahead of print) Predictors of Employment following Lung Transplant Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

Sarkies M, Bowles K , Skinner E, Haas R, Mitchell D, O'Brien L, May K,  Ghaly M, Ho M, Haines T (e-publication ahead of print) Do Daily Ward Interviews Improve Measurement of Hospital Quality and Safety Indicators? A Prospective Observational Study Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

Robinson L, Brown T and O’Brien L (2016) Embracing an Occupational Perspective: Occupation-Based Interventions in Hand Therapy Practice Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 63(4): 293-6

Taylor RL, Brown T and O’Brien L (2015) Using and prescribing kinesiotape as a treatment modality for musculoskeletal disorders International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 22(9): 408-9

Haines T, O'Brien L, Mitchell D, et al (2015) What are the effectiveness and safety of current weekend allied health services and a new stakeholder-driven model for acute medical / surgical patients versus no weekend allied health services? Study protocol for two randomized controlled trials. Trials (16):1-13

O’Brien L, Broom, L, Ullah, M (2015) Outcomes and participant experience of an online train-the-trainer program for Bangladeshi health professionals: A case study evaluation The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions 35(1) 46-56

Taylor RL, Brown T and O’Brien L (2015) The use of elastic therapeutic tape and eccentric exercises for lateral elbow tendinosis: a case series Hand Therapy 20(2) 56-63

Taylor RL, Brown T and O’Brien L (2015) Knowledge of, and willingness to recommend kinesiotape for upper limb overuse injuries. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 22 (5) 238-245

Sarkies M, Bowles KA, Skinner E, Mitchell D, Haas R, Ho M, Salter K, May K, Markham D, O’Brien L, Plumb S, Haines T (2015) Data collection methods in health services research: hospital length of stay and discharge destination. Applied Clinical Informatics 6 (1) 96-109

For an extensive list of all publications, please click on this link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lisa_OBrien


Peters SE

Peters SE, Johnston V, Ross M, Coppieters MW. (2016) Expert consensus on facilitators and barriers to return-to-work following surgery for non-traumatic upper extremity conditions. A Delphi study. Journal of Hand Surgery (European); Epub Ahead of Print.

Peters SE, Coppieters MW, Ross M, Johnston V. (2016) Perspectives from employers, insurers, lawyers and healthcare providers on factors that influence workers’ return-to-work following surgery for non-traumatic upper extremity conditions. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; Epub Ahead of Print.

Peters SE, Johnston V. (2016) Methods and tools used by Australian healthcare professionals in clinical practice to identify barriers to return-to-work for workers with upper extremity conditions. Hand Therapy (Journal of the British Association of Hand Therapists - SAGE); Epub Ahead of Print.

Peters SE, Page MJ, Coppieters MW, Ross M, Johnston V. (2016) Rehabilitation following carpal tunnel release [Updated Review]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016; Issue 2. Art. No: CD004158. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004158.pub3.

Peters SE, Johnston V, Hines S, Coppieters M.  (2016) Prognostic factors for return to work following Carpal Tunnel Release: Systematic Review: Full Review. The Joanna Briggs Institute Library of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 2016; Volume 14, Issue 9.

Glasgow C, Peters SE (2016) Extension orthosis and the stiff PIP joint following hand trauma: A review of current clinical practice in the Australian context. Hand Therapy (Journal of the British Association of Hand Therapists - SAGE); Epub 21 April 2016 doi: 10.1177/1758998316644275.

Jha B, Ross M, Reeves SW, Couzens GB, Peters SE (2016) Measuring thumb range of motion in first carpometacarpal  joint arthritis: the inter-rater reliability of the Kapandji index versus goniometry. Hand Therapy (Journal of the British Association of Hand Therapists - SAGE); 21(2): 45-53.

Peters SE, Jha B, Couzens GB, Walsh W, Lisle D, Ross M. (2015) The effectiveness of the Push Brace™ orthosis and corticosteroid injection for managing first carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis: A factorial randomised controlled trial protocol. Hand Therapy (Journal of the British Association of Hand Therapists - SAGE); 20(2): 39-48.

Ross M, Hope B, Stokes A, Peters SE, MacLeod I, Duke P. (2015) Reverse shoulder arthroplasty for the treatment of three and four part proximal humerus fractures in the elderly. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery; 24(2): 215-222.

Ross M, Gilpin D, Peters SE, Gilpin B, Couzens, G. (2015) Capitolunate instability and clinical outcomes after resection of the STT joint in CMC joint arthritis. Journal of Wrist Surgery: 4(S02): A036. DOI: 10.1055/2-0035-1567928.

Ross M, Andrews S, Al Hakim W, Peters SE, Couzens GB. (2015) Clinical and radiological outcomes of a resurfacing capitate pyrocarbon implant: Results of 41 patients.  Journal of Wrist Surgery: 4(S02): A03. DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1567895.

For an extensive list of all publications, please click on this linkhttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Susan_Peters7


Turner L,

Harwood C and Turner L (2016) Conservative management of midcarpal instability. J Hand Surg (Eur) 2016, 41E(1): 102–109.


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