TABLE 4

Patient-reported acceptability of hand-held fan (HHF) therapy during exercise

QuestionMedian (IQR)Range (min–max)
Overall acceptabilityHow acceptable was it to use the HHF during the exercise test?
(1=completely unacceptable, 5=completely acceptable)
4 (4–5)3–5
Affective attitudeHow much did you like using the HHF during the walking test?
(1=strongly dislike, 5=strongly like)
4 (3–5)3–5
BurdenHow much additional effort was required to use the HHF during the walking test?
(1=no additional effort, 5=a huge additional effort)
1 (1–3)1–4
Self-efficacyHow confident were you about using the HHF as instructed during the walking test?
(1=very unconfident, 5=very confident)
5 (4–5)1–5
Intervention coherenceDo you understand how the HHF therapy was supposed to work?
(1=definitely do not understand, 5=completely understand)
4 (3–5)2–5
Perceived effectivenessHow effective was the HHF in reducing breathlessness when walking?
(1=very ineffective, 5=very effective)
4 (3–4)3–5
How effective was the HHF therapy in helping you to recover your breathing after you finished walking?
(1=very ineffective, 5=very effective)
4 (3–4)3–5
Would you use a HHF to help with breathlessness in your everyday life?
(1=I definitely would not use it, 5=I definitely would use it)
5 (4–5)2–5

IQR: interquartile range.