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Mixed-methods feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a paramedic-administered breathlessness management intervention for acute-on-chronic breathlessness (BREATHE): study findings (2022)
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Hutchinson, A., Allgar, V., Cohen, J., Currow, D. C., Griffin, S., Hart, S., …Johnson, M. J. (2022). Mixed-methods feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a paramedic-administered breathlessness management intervention for acute-on-chronic breathlessness (BREATHE): study findings. ERJ Open Research, 8(4), Article 00257-2022. https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00257-2022

Introduction: One-fifth of emergency department presentations by ambulance are due to acute-on-chronic breathlessness. We explored the feasibility of an evaluation-phase, cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) of the effectiveness and cost-effect... Read More about Mixed-methods feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a paramedic-administered breathlessness management intervention for acute-on-chronic breathlessness (BREATHE): study findings.

A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a paramedic-administered breathlessness management intervention for acute-on-chronic breathlessness (BREATHE): Study protocol (2021)
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Northgraves, M., Cohen, J., Allgar, V., Currow, D., Hart, S., Hird, K., …Hutchinson, A. (2021). A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a paramedic-administered breathlessness management intervention for acute-on-chronic breathlessness (BREATHE): Study protocol. ERJ Open Research, 7(1), Article 00955-2020. https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00955-2020

Introduction: Chronic breathlessness, persistent and disabling despite optimal treatment of underlying causes, is a prevalent and frightening symptom and is associated with many emergency presentations and admission to hospital. Breathlessness manage... Read More about A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a paramedic-administered breathlessness management intervention for acute-on-chronic breathlessness (BREATHE): Study protocol.

Randomised, double-blind, multicentre, mixed-methods, dose-escalation feasibility trial of mirtazapine for better treatment of severe breathlessness in advanced lung disease (BETTER-B feasibility) (2020)
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Higginson, I., Wilcock, A., Johnson, M. J., Bajwah, S., Lovell, N., Yi, D., …Brown, S. (2020). Randomised, double-blind, multicentre, mixed-methods, dose-escalation feasibility trial of mirtazapine for better treatment of severe breathlessness in advanced lung disease (BETTER-B feasibility). Thorax, 75(2), 176-179. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2019-213879

© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020. Re-use permitted under CC BY. Published by BMJ. New treatments are required for severe breathlessness in advanced disease. We conducted a randomised feasibility trial of mirtazapine over 28 days in adults with... Read More about Randomised, double-blind, multicentre, mixed-methods, dose-escalation feasibility trial of mirtazapine for better treatment of severe breathlessness in advanced lung disease (BETTER-B feasibility).

A feasibility, randomised controlled trial of a complex breathlessness intervention in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BREEZE-IPF): study protocol (2019)
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Wright, C., Hart, S. P., Allgar, V., English, A., Swan, F., Dyson, J., …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), Article 0186. 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.

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. J. (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 (â € 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... Read More about Battery operated fan and chronic breathlessness: Does it help?.

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. J. (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

Context: 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 randomized controlled... Read More about The hand-held fan and the Calming Hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial.

Psychometric validation of the needs assessment tool: Progressive disease in interstitial lung disease (2017)
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Johnson, M. J., Jamali, A., Ross, J., Fairhurst, C., Boland, J., Reigada, C., …Yorke, J. (2018). Psychometric validation of the needs assessment tool: Progressive disease in interstitial lung disease. Thorax, 73(9), 880-883. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210911

© Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2018. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted. The inter-rater/test-retest reliability and construct validity... Read More about Psychometric validation of the needs assessment tool: Progressive disease in interstitial lung disease.

The adaptation, face, and content validation of a needs assessment tool: progressive disease for people with interstitial lung disease (2016)
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Boland, J. W., Reigada, C., Yorke, J., Hart, S. P., Bajwah, S., Ross, J., …Johnson, M. J. (2016). The adaptation, face, and content validation of a needs assessment tool: progressive disease for people with interstitial lung disease. Journal of palliative medicine, 19(5), 549-555. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2015.0355

Background: Irrreversible interstitial lung disease (ILD) is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Palliative care needs of patients and caregivers are not routinely assessed; there is no tool to identify needs and triage support in clinical... Read More about The adaptation, face, and content validation of a needs assessment tool: progressive disease for people with interstitial lung disease.

Magnetoencephalography to investigate central perception of exercise-induced breathlessness in people with chronic lung disease: A feasibility pilot (2015)
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Johnson, M. J., Simpson, M. I., Currow, D. C., Millman, R. E., Hart, S. P., & Green, G. (2015). Magnetoencephalography to investigate central perception of exercise-induced breathlessness in people with chronic lung disease: A feasibility pilot. BMJ open, 5(6), Article ARTN e007535. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007535

Objectives: Neuroimaging in chronic breathlessness is challenging. The study objective was to test the feasibility of magnetoencephalography (MEG) for functional neuroimaging of people with chronic breathlessness. Design: Feasibility pilot study. Set... Read More about Magnetoencephalography to investigate central perception of exercise-induced breathlessness in people with chronic lung disease: A feasibility pilot.