How best to measure cough clinically

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Birring, Surinder S and Spinou, A. 2015. How best to measure cough clinically. Current Opinion in Pharmacology. 22, pp. 37-40.
AuthorsBirring, Surinder S and Spinou, A.
Abstract

It is possible to measure cough by assessing its severity,
frequency, intensity, associated urge and its impact on quality
of life. Cough severity can simply be assessed with a Visual
Analogue Scale. Cough frequency can be assessed objectively
with cough frequency monitors. Validated cough monitors
include the Leicester Cough Monitor and the VitaloJAK. Cough
reflex sensitivity measurement is better used to investigate the
mechanisms of action of antitussive medications, rather than
assessing efficacy. Health-Related Quality of Life measures are
available to assess the impact of cough; they include the
validated Leicester Cough Questionnaire and Cough-specific
Quality of Life Questionnaire for adult patients. It is best to
assess cough with a combination of subjective and objective
tools, to capture its wide-ranging impact.

JournalCurrent Opinion in Pharmacology
Journal citation22, pp. 37-40
ISSN14714892
Year2015
PublisherElsevier for Current Opinion
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.coph.2015.03.003
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coph.2015.03.003
Publication dates
Online25 Mar 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Feb 2018
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