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Non-pharmacological interventions for chronic cough: the past, present and future

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Non-pharmacological interventions have been explored in people with refractory chronic cough. Normally delivered by Physiotherapists and or Speech and Language Therapists, these interventions aim to educate patients about their cough, provide them with cough suppression techniques and breathing exercises, improve vocal/laryngeal hydration and psychoeducational counselling to help them gain greater control of their cough. Six key studies have been completed over the past 12 years that have consistently found non-pharmacological interventions help to improve quality of life and reduce cough frequency. Some studies also found improvements in cough reflex sensitivity and severity. Despite promising results there now needs to be further work to optimise these interventions. There is a need to standardise terminology used such as relabelling the intervention as cough control therapy and move away from uni-disciplinary terms. Standardised patient selection, including screening protocols, optimal timing and delivery of the interventions as well as the outcome measures used to evaluate interventions need further exploration.

Acceptance Date Feb 18, 2019
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Journal Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Print ISSN 1094-5539
Publisher Elsevier
Pages 29-38
Keywords Refractory chronic cough, speech pathology, Physiotherapy, Non-pharmacological interventions
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