Fan Implementation Study (FITS)


We know that current research evidence supports the benefits and value of handheld fan (fan) use for patients’ everyday self-management of chronic breathlessness.

However, we know very little about clinicians’ experience and use of the fan with breathless patients.

We do not know whether or not clinicians’ use the fan in everyday clinical practice and we do not know if they experience any problems implementing fan use with breathless patients.


The aim of FITS is to understand how clinicians have implemented the fan (or not) in everyday clinical practice for breathless patients’ pre COVID and now.

Please note, we are just as keen to hear from people who do not/have not used the fan, as those who have/do.

The Five minute Fan Implementation Survey (FFITS)

Who can complete the FFITS survey?

  • Any clinician working with breathless patients including physiotherapists, nurses, doctors, and occupational therapists working in secondary care (hospital), primary care (community) and palliative care (hospital, community or hospice).
  • The FFITS survey consists of 11 questions
  • It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes of your time to complete
  • There is an option to sign up for a telephone interview (up to 30 minutes) at the end of the survey if you would like to discuss your experience and views of fan use in more detail

The survey closed on Friday 20 November 2020.