Dr Flavia Swan

Research Associate

I am a post doc researcher and also a physiotherapist with a special interest in breathlessness in palliative care.

Background:     Physiotherapist, qualified Leeds (1998)


Professional profile: 



  • Wide range of clinical experience employed in NHS (over 5 years)

  • Work abroad in Italy private practice and self- employed (4 years)

  • Palliative care physiotherapist at St Catherine’s hospice, Scarborough  (2 years)


Specialist area of interest and clinical practice:



  • Acupuncture in palliative care

  • Non-pharmacological interventions for breathlessness management

  •  Kinesio-taping

Swan F, Booth S, The role of airflow for chronic refractory breathlessness Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care 2015;Sept 9(3):206-11.


Swan F, Newey A, Bland M, Bausewein C, Booth S, Johnson M, Yorke J, A systematic review and meta-analyses of airflow for the relief of chronic refractory breathlessness in people with advanced cardio-respiratory diseases and mild hypoxaemia. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2017 Vol 195 A4286


Johnson M, Swan F, Booth S, Currow D, Hart S, Philips J L, The hand-held fan for breathlessness How do patients use it and does it help
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2017 Vol 195 A2685


Luckett T PJ, Johnson MJ, Farquhar M, Swan F, Assen T, Bhattarai P, Booth S. . Contributions of a hand-held fan to self-management of chronic breathlessness. . European Respiratory Journal. 2017;In press.