Non-pharmacological techniques for the extremes of the cough spectrum

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Spinou, A. 2018. Non-pharmacological techniques for the extremes of the cough spectrum. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. 257, pp. 5-11.
AuthorsSpinou, A.
Abstract

Cough can be viewed as a continuum where extremes represent disease phenotypes. Under this unified concept, non-pharmacological treatment for the extremes of the cough spectrum includes both cough augmentation and cough control techniques. Supporting the cough motor output and exercising the cognitive control on coughing are the main directions of these techniques. Cough augmentation can be provided to patients who present low ability to generate adequate peak cough flows, with the aim to develop the sheering forces that are essential for effective airway clearance. On the other hand, individuals with high cough sensitivity or frequency can practice techniques for cough control, which incorporates a combination of education, retraining and psychological support. These techniques aim to empower patients to increase their supramedulary control on cough. Although hypotheses that are generated by the physiology of cough can support most non-pharmacological techniques, their exact mechanisms of effectiveness remain unclear.

JournalRespiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
Journal citation257, pp. 5-11
ISSN1569-9048
Year2018
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.resp.2018.03.006
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resp.2018.03.006
Publication dates
Online09 Mar 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited12 Mar 2018
Accepted09 Mar 2018
Accepted09 Mar 2018
Copyright information© 2018 Elsevier.
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