Objective measurement of cough during pulmonary exacerbations in adults with cystic fibrosis

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  • External authors:
  • E. C. Owen
  • A. M. Jones
  • M. E. Dodd
  • A. K. Webb
  • A. Woodcock


Background: Little is known about cough frequency in adults with cystic fibrosis (CF). This study aimed to determine (1) daytime and overnight cough rates in patients with CF at the beginning and end of a course of antibiotics for treatment of an exacerbation; (2) the relationship between cough frequencies and standard clinical measures of disease; and (3) the relationship between objective cough rates and the subjective assessment of cough. Methods: Nineteen adult patients admitted with a pulmonary exacerbation performed daytime and overnight sound recordings on admission; 13 had repeat recordings prior to discharge. Coughs were manually quantified in cough seconds (time spent coughing). Patients subjectively scored their cough using a visual analogue scale (VAS) and numerical score. Lung function, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, and sputum weights were recorded. Results: Cough rates fell substantially with treatment; median fall in cough rate was 51.3% (IQR 32.3-77.5) (p

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-429
Number of pages4
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006