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Physical activity and nutrition interventions for older adults with cancer: a systematic review (2020)
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Forbes, C. C., Swan, F., Greenley, S., Lind, M., & Johnson, M. J. (in press). Physical activity and nutrition interventions for older adults with cancer: a systematic review. Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11764-020-00883-x

Purpose: The aim of this review was to summarize the current literature for the effectiveness of activity and nutritional based interventions on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in older adults living with and beyond cancer (LWBC). Methods: W... Read More about Physical activity and nutrition interventions for older adults with cancer: a systematic review.

‘Hospice inpatient deep vein thrombosis detection (HIDDen) in advanced non-malignant diseases’: a longitudinal pilot study (2020)
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White, C., Noble, S., Swan, F., Watson, M., Allgar, V., Napier, E., …Johnson, M. J. (2020). ‘Hospice inpatient deep vein thrombosis detection (HIDDen) in advanced non-malignant diseases’: a longitudinal pilot study. BMJ supportive & palliative care, bmjspcare-2019-002039. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-002039

Objectives To gain preliminary data regarding the prevalence of proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in those with non-malignant conditions admitted to specialist palliative care units (SPCUs). Methods Data were collected as part of a prospective l... Read More about ‘Hospice inpatient deep vein thrombosis detection (HIDDen) in advanced non-malignant diseases’: a longitudinal pilot study.

A feasibility, randomised controlled trial of a complex breathlessness intervention in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BREEZE-IPF): study protocol (2019)
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Crooks, M. G., Wright, C., Hart, S. P., Allgar, V., English, A., Swan, F., …Crooks, M. G. (2019). A feasibility, randomised controlled trial of a complex breathlessness intervention in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BREEZE-IPF): study protocol. ERJ Open Research, 5(4), https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00186-2019

Introduction: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and progressive lung disease that causes breathlessness and cough that worsen over time, limiting daily activities and negatively impacting quality of life. Although treatments are now av... Read More about A feasibility, randomised controlled trial of a complex breathlessness intervention in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BREEZE-IPF): study protocol.

Optimised clinical study recruitment in palliative care: success strategies and lessons learned (2019)
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White, C., Noble, S., Watson, M., Swan, F., Nelson, A., & Johnson, M. (2019). Optimised clinical study recruitment in palliative care: success strategies and lessons learned. BMJ supportive & palliative care, https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001820

Recruitment challenges to clinical research studies in palliative care settings, particularly in hospices, are well documented. However, a recent study (Hospice Inpatient Deep vein thrombosis Detection Study (HIDDen)) performed across five hospices... Read More about Optimised clinical study recruitment in palliative care: success strategies and lessons learned.

Battery-operated fan and chronic breathlessness: does it help? (2019)
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Barnes-Harris, M., Swan, F., Allgar, V., Booth, S., Currow, D., Hart, S., …Johnson, M. (in press). Battery-operated fan and chronic breathlessness: does it help?. BMJ supportive & palliative care, https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001749

Objectives To examine whether use of a hand-held fan (‘fan’) improves breathlessness and increases physical activity. Methods A secondary exploratory analysis using pooled data from the fan arms of two feasibility randomised controlled trials in p... Read More about Battery-operated fan and chronic breathlessness: does it help?.

Airflow relieves chronic breathlessness in people with advanced disease: an exploratory systematic review and meta-analyses (2019)
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Swan, F., Newey, A., Bland, M., Allgar, V., Booth, S., Bausewein, C., …Johnson, M. (2019). Airflow relieves chronic breathlessness in people with advanced disease: an exploratory systematic review and meta-analyses. Palliative medicine, 33(6), 618-633. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319835393

Background: Chronic breathlessness is a neglected symptom of advanced diseases. Aim: To examine the effect of airflow for chronic breathlessness relief. Design: Exploratory systematic review and meta-analysis. Data sources: Medline, CINA... Read More about Airflow relieves chronic breathlessness in people with advanced disease: an exploratory systematic review and meta-analyses.

The hand-held fan and the Calming Hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial (2019)
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Swan, F., English, A., Allgar, V., Hart, S. P., & Johnson, M. (2019). The hand-held fan and the Calming Hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial. Journal of pain and symptom management, 57(6), 1051-1061.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.02.017

Introduction The battery operated hand-held fan (“fan”) and the Calming Hand (CH), a cognitive strategy, are interventions used in clinical practice to relieve chronic breathlessness. Objective To test the feasibility of a phase III randomised c... Read More about The hand-held fan and the Calming Hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial.

Prevalence, symptom burden, and natural history of deep vein thrombosis in people with advanced cancer in specialist palliative care units (HIDDen): a prospective longitudinal observational study (2019)
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White, C., Noble, S. I. R., Watson, M., Swan, F., Allgar, V. L., Napier, E., …Johnson, M. J. (2019). Prevalence, symptom burden, and natural history of deep vein thrombosis in people with advanced cancer in specialist palliative care units (HIDDen): a prospective longitudinal observational study. Lancet Haematology, 6(2), e79-e88. doi:10.1016/s2352-3026(18)30215-1

Summary Background The prevalence of deep venous thrombosis in patients with advanced cancer is unconfirmed and it is unknown whether current international thromboprophylaxis guidance is applicable to this population. We aimed to determine prevalen... Read More about Prevalence, symptom burden, and natural history of deep vein thrombosis in people with advanced cancer in specialist palliative care units (HIDDen): a prospective longitudinal observational study.

The role of airflow for the relief of chronic refractory breathlessness (2015)
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Swan, F., & Booth, S. (2015). The role of airflow for the relief of chronic refractory breathlessness. Current opinion in supportive and palliative care, 9(3), 206-211. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPC.0000000000000160

Purpose of review Chronic refractory breathlessness is a major cause of suffering to people with advanced stage cardiorespiratory and some neurodegenerative diseases. It is a frightening, distressing and disabling symptom that imposes significant bur... Read More about The role of airflow for the relief of chronic refractory breathlessness.


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