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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Christine O’Brien, OT Reg (Ont.), M.Sc., B.Sc.

The Hospital for Sick Children
Occupational Therapy Practitioner
Rehabilitation Services


Brief Biography

Christine O'Brien is an Occupational Therapy Practitioner in the Department of Rehabilitation Services and within the Division of Rheumatology. Christine’s clinical expertise is in paediatric rheumatic disease and associated musculoskeletal disorders.  As an Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care, ACPAC (C), Christine provides comprehensive care to children with rheumatic disease. Her advanced practice role is facilitated by the use of medical directives, allowing independent ordering of laboratory investigations, imaging and communicating results to patients/families. Patients are co-managed with paediatric rheumatologists

Christine participates in education activities for patients/families, health professionals and trainees. She is a member of the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Outcomes Improvement Network.

Research Interests

  • Hand function in children with Juvenile Arthritis
  • Quality improvement in arthritis care.