Cough Affects Lives In Different Ways
Cough is a symptom of many respiratory diseases; however, a new study shows that chronic cough may affect quality of life differently, based on a patient's disease.
Researchers from Ireland administered three health-related quality of life (HRQoL) questionnaires to 147 outpatients (chronic cough, n=83; COPD, n=18; asthma, n=20; and bronchiectasis, n=26).
Although the magnitude of cough-specific HRQoL impairment was similar among all groups of respiratory disease, subdomain scores revealed that patients with chronic cough suffer from more psychosocial issues than patients with bronchiectatics, but they have less functional impairment than patients with COPD.
Furthermore, there was a significant difference in generic health status across the four disease groups, with the poorest health status in patients with COPD. This study is published in the August issue of the journal CHEST.