Edel O’Hagan

RESEARCHER PROFILE

PhD candidate

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Ms Edel O’Hagan is an experienced clinical physiotherapist and early career researcher. Her clinical career over 15 years has included roles the public and private settings in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. Edel completed her Research Masters at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Sydney in 2016 with Dr James McAuley and Dr Markus Huebscher.  Edel’s research includes the first systematic review of hypnotics for postoperative pain, which identified that hypnotics should be considered for the management of postoperative pain. She completed a cohort study which has shown that reduced slow wave sleep (SWS) is associated with subsequent high pain intensity and worse sleep quality for the same night. She conducted a pilot randomised controlled trial of a hypnotic for acute low back pain which identified recruitment barriers to address in a large trial.

Edel’s research has presented at national (APS) and major international conferences (International Low Back and Neck Pain Forum, International Association for the Study of Pain).

Her more recent research concerns the attitudes and beliefs of health care professionals and the general public toward treatment selection in patients presenting with low back pain.

Projects Edel O’Hagan is currently involved with

CURRENT PROJECTS

SLEEPAIN

For people with back pain who are having trouble with their sleep. We are testing whether a simple sleep tablet will help people reduce their pain and sleep better.

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SLEEPAIN

RESEARCH TEAM

Markus Hubscher

DR MARKUS HUEBSCHER Postdoctoral Fellow

Martin Rabey

DR MARTIN RABEY Research Assistant

Hopin Lee

HOPIN LEE PhD candidate

ADRIAN TRAEGER PhD candidate

Audrey Wang

AUDREY WANG PhD candidate