Many people live with continuing distress and difficulties arising from breathlessness despite treatment given to the underlying disease which causes it. This project addressed whether airflow provides relief of chronic breathlessness in people with advanced disease.
About the project
Title: An exploratory systematic review and meta-analyses of airflow for the relief of chronic breathlessness in people with advanced disease
Funder: University of Hull PhD scholarship
Time frame: 2012 - 2016: Completed
Publication: Palliative Medicine
Contact for more details: Dr Flavia Swan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The aim of this project was to examine the current evidence for the effectiveness of airflow for the relief of chronic breathlessness.
Simple non-drug treatments such as airflow to the face from the fan can provide relief of breathlessness in people with advanced illnesses. Airflow to the nose or mouth from medical air delivery is thought to reduce breathlessness too.
Databases were searched to find all of the studies that used airflow for breathlessness relief.
Airflow from the fan or medical air delivery at rest reduced breathlessness in people with advanced illnesses. Results varied when airflow was delivered during or after activity and exercise, and more work is needed to understand how airflow can help with breathlessness in these conditions.