Dr Ann Hutchinson


Research Fellow

Role at Hull York Medical School

I am a research fellow working on an NIHR funded feasibility trial of a breathlessness crisis management plan for paramedics when called out to patients with chronic breathlessness. This work derives from my PhD research on the experience of chronic breathlessness and what leads people with chronic breathlessness to present to the emergency department.

I also work with local people and an artist called Anna Bean to develop a photographic exhibition to show what it is like living with breathlessness. This project was funded by Hull City of Culture and the Wellcome Trust. Additionally I have an interest in cancer-associated thrombosis (CAT) having recently worked on a qualitative sub-study of the select-d trial on the patient and carer experience of oral and injected anticoagulants and a systematic review of the experience of CAT.


I have a degree in experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of Hull on chronic breathlessness and presentation to the emergency department. I have 15 years of secondary school teaching experience.


My PhD investigated the role of chronic refractory breathlessness in emergency department presentations. This research involved a mixed methods approach including a patient survey and case note review at the Hull Royal Infirmary, followed by in-depth interviews exploring how breathlessness had triggered a presentation at the emergency department. These research findings are set in the context of a systematic review of the existing qualitative literature on the experience of breathlessness.

I am currently working on a feasibility trial funded by the NIHR entitled Breathlessness RElief AT HomE (BREATHE): A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) to test if a definitive cRCT is possible to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a paramedic-administered breathlessness crisis intervention for people with acute-on-chronic breathlessness compared with usual care.


Please see my Worktribe profile for an up-to-date list of my publications.


I am part of a group working on a Cochrane systematic review entitled: Cognitive-emotional interventions for breathlessness in adults with advanced diseases.