Cough in COPD: Correlation of objective monitoring with cough challenge and subjective assessments

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Background: The relationships between objective cough rates, cough reflex sensitivity, subjective estimates of cough frequency, and cough-related quality of life in patients with COPD are poorly understood. Subjects: Twenty-six patients with stable COPD who complained of cough (76.9% men; mean ± SD age, 68.7 ± 6.9 years; mean FEV1, 54.2 ± 12.0% of predicted; median smoking history, 42.4 pack-years [range, 13 to 135 pack-years]). Methods: Subjects performed a cough challenge test, ambulatory daytime and overnight sound recordings, scored the severity of cough (0 to 5 score and visual analog scale) for each recording period, and completed a cough-specific quality of life questionnaire (CQLQ). Coughs were counted manually and quantified in terms of cough seconds per hour (cs/h): the number of seconds within the recording that contain cough. Results: Overall median time spent coughing was 7.5 cs/h (range, 2.7 to 23.1 cs/h; daytime median, 12.4 cs/h [range, 3.3 to 40.4 cs/h]; overnight, 1.9 cs/h [0.0 to 19.0 cs/h]) [p =

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-385
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006