Quality of life in patients with chronic cough

Ther Adv Respir Dis. 2010 Feb;4(1):49-55. doi: 10.1177/1753465809358249. Epub 2010 Jan 5.


Chronic cough is a relatively common symptom for which effective, acceptable treatments are lacking. Many patients suffer frequent coughing over several years without resolution and this has significant physical, social and psychological consequences. The recent development of cough-specific quality-of-life tools now allows quantification of the burden of coughing both in patients specifically presenting with chronic cough and also in common respiratory conditions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antitussive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cough / drug therapy
  • Cough / physiopathology*
  • Cough / psychology
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life*
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / physiopathology
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / psychology
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Antitussive Agents