Dr Ann Hutchinson

Dr Ann Hutchinson

Research Fellow

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hull York Medical School

Qualifications

  • BA (University of Oxford)
  • PhD / DPhil (Hull York Medical School)

Summary

I am a Research Fellow in the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre and am currently involved in a number of NIHR funded research projects relating to chronic breathlessness including Breathe Well and FanFIRST.

I was the principal investigator for an NIHR funded feasibility trial of a breathlessness crisis management intervention for paramedics when called out to patients with chronic breathlessness (BREATHE), which was based on my PhD research on the experience of chronic breathlessness and presentation to the emergency department. I was also co-investigator on an interview study called Understanding people’s experiences of exacerbations which was funded by AstraZeneca.

In 2019 I worked with local people and artists Anna Bean and Rob Mackay to develop a multimedia exhibition to show what it is like living with breathlessness, entitled Bringing Breathlessness into View. This project received funding from Hull City of Culture 2017, the Wellcome Trust and the University of Hull. This exhibition has been taken to a variety of community and health centres and also the Freedom Festival 2023 to raise awareness of this difficult symptom and to let people know what can be done to live well with it. For more information please see our website: https://www.hyms.ac.uk/bringing-breathlessness-into-view

I have a degree in Experimental Psychology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, both from the University of Oxford. Prior to training as a researcher, I gained 15 years of secondary school teaching experience. I was awarded a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Hull on chronic breathlessness and presentation to the emergency department in 2017. I am very interested in public engagement and recently took part in the British Science Festival 2018.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Spirometry services in England post-pandemic and the potential role of AI support software: a qualitative study of challenges and opportunities

Doe, G., Taylor, S., Topalovic, M., Russell, R., Evans, R. A., Maes, J., …Hutchinson, A. (2023). Spirometry services in England post-pandemic and the potential role of AI support software: a qualitative study of challenges and opportunities. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 73(737), e915-e923. https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2022.0608

Nonpharmacological management of psychological distress in people with COPD

Volpato, E., Farver-Vestergaard, I., Brighton, L. J., Peters, J., Verkleij, M., Hutchinson, A., …von Leupoldt, A. (2023). Nonpharmacological management of psychological distress in people with COPD. European Respiratory Review, 32(167), Article 220170. https://doi.org/10.1183/16000617.0170-2022

Diagnostic delays for breathlessness in primary care: a qualitative study to investigate current care and inform future pathways

Doe, G., Williams, M. T., Chantrell, S., Steiner, M. C., Armstrong, N., Hutchinson, A., & Evans, R. A. (2023). Diagnostic delays for breathlessness in primary care: a qualitative study to investigate current care and inform future pathways. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 73(731), e468-e477. https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2022.0475

Predictors of hospital admission when presenting with acute-on-chronic breathlessness: binary logistic regression

Hutchinson, A., Pickering, A., Williams, P., & Johnson, M. (2023). Predictors of hospital admission when presenting with acute-on-chronic breathlessness: binary logistic regression. PLoS ONE, 18(8), Article e0289263. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0289263

Cancer patients' experiences of the diagnosis and treatment of incidental pulmonary embolism (a qualitative study)

Benelhaj, N. E., Hutchinson, A., Maraveyas, A., & Johnson, M. (2022). Cancer patients’ experiences of the diagnosis and treatment of incidental pulmonary embolism (a qualitative study). PLoS ONE, 17(10), Article e0276754. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276754

Research interests

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.

This research led to the development of the BREATHE NIHR funded feasibility trial in collaboration with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Universities of York and Sheffield.

I was a co-investigator on the ExacQual study, which explored patients’ and their carers’ experiences, expectations and understanding of COPD exacerbations before and after the emergence of COVID-19.

Additionally, I am interested in cancer-associated thrombosis and have published a qualitative sub-study of the select-d trial on the patient and carer experience of oral and injected anticoagulants and also a systematic review of the experiences of cancer patients living with venous thromboembolism.

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Bringing breathlessness into view

Funder

Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Grant

£2,000.00

Started

1 May 2017

Status

Complete

Project

BREATHE: Breathlessness RElief AT HomE

Funder

NIHR National Institute for Health Research

Grant

£232,098.00

Started

1 April 2019

Status

Complete

Project

Real-world Implementation and Evaluation of an AI decision support software (ArtiQ.Spiro) into primary care respiratory diagnostic pathways

Funder

NIHR National Institute for Health Research

Grant

£14,479.00

Started

1 November 2022

Status

Complete

Co-investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Living well with chronic breathlessness: Improving the sustainable use of supported self-management strategies

Funder

NIHR National Institute for Health Research

Grant

£147,034.00

Started

1 March 2023

Status

Ongoing

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