Lynn O'Toole
Research Fellow, Occupational Therapy

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Connolly D., Fitzpatrick C., O'Toole, L., Doran M., O'Shea F., Impact of fatigue in Rheumatic Diseases in the work environment: A qualitative study, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, (12), 2015, p13807 - 13822 Journal Article, 2015 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

O' Toole, L., Ryder, R., Connor, R., Yurick, L., Hegarty, F. & Connolly, D., Impact of a dance programme on health and well-being for community dwelling adults aged 50 years and over, Physical & Occupational Therapy In Geriatrics, 33, (4), 2015, p303 - 319 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

O'Toole L, Connolly D, Smith S., Impact of an occupation-based self-management programme on chronic disease management., Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 60, 2013, p30 - 38 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Connolly, D. O'Toole, L, Redmond, P., Smith, S., Managing fatigue in patients with chronic conditions in primary care, Family Practice, 30, 2013, p123 - 124 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

O' Toole, L., Connolly, D., & Smith, S.M. , Occupation-based self-management programmes to improve health and well-being in multimorbidity, Physical Therapy Reviews, Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society. , Dublin, 27th April 2012, 18, (1), 2012, pp58 Poster, 2012

O' Toole, L., Connolly, D., & Smith, S.M. , A feasibility study of a self-management group designed to improve participation and well-being for individuals with multimorbidity in Primary care., CARDI International Conference "Ageing Globally- Ageing Locally", Dublin, 2nd Nov 2011 Conference Paper,

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • The OPTIMAL study: A randomized controlled trial and process evaluation of an OccuPaTIonal therapy led self MAnagement support programme for patients with muLtimorbidity in primary care
  • Summary
    • Many people with chronic disease have more than one chronic condition, referred to as multimorbidity. The numbers of individuals with multimorbidity is set to increase substantially in the future as a result of the growing ageing population. Those with multimorbidity experience poorer physical functioning, poorer psychological wellbeing, difficulty engaging in valued roles and activities and increased health care utilisation. There is a lack of interventions targeting those with multimorbidity and focusing on enabling individuals participate in the activities they want and need to do. This study examines the effectiveness of OPTIMAL, an occupational therapy (OT) group-based intervention for individuals with multimorbidity. The aim of this group is to improve participant's self-management of their conditions and increase engagement in valued activities. This study is a definitive randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of this intervention on participants' quality of life, frequency of activity participation, their perceptions of their ability to perform activities, their satisfaction with their performance, their confidence in managing their conditions and mood. This study will also involve a qualitative analysis, exploring the experiences of those participating in and delivering the intervention.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 07/09/2015
  • Date To
    • 06/09/2018
  • Title
    • An exploratory study of the impact of fatigue in rheumatic conditions on perceptions to perform work and the effectiveness of workplace accommodations
  • Summary
    • Rheumatic diseases are one of the leading causes of work disability. Despite the fact that up to 90% of people with rheumatic diseases report fatigue, limited research has explored the impact of fatigue on work disability and productivity. This study aims to examine the impact of fatigue on work-related activities for those with rheumatic diseases. The study will also explore participants' perceptions of the impact of fatigue on their work ability and fatigue management strategies.
  • Funding Agency
    • National Disability Authority
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • An exploratory study of the impact of a dance programme for community dwelling older adults
  • Summary
    • The Dance Theatre of Ireland have developed a 10-week dance programme for community dwelling older adults to increase their self-confidence and contribute to prevention of falls. This study will therefore evaluate the impact of the programme on participants' falls self-efficacy, balance and mobility, levels and frequency of activity participation, mood, and quality of life. It also explores participants' perceptions of the programme impact and delivery.
  • Funding Agency
    • Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council/HSE Dublin Mid Leinster Arts and Health Partnership


Clinical Trial; Health Promotion; multimorbidity; Primary Care


Awards and Honours

HRB Research Training Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals: 2015 06/09/2015


Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland 2010 – Present

World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2010 – Present

AOTI Primary Care Advisory Group Committee 2015

AOTI Communications Committee