A real world study of cough burden and quality of life of UK patients who have undergone evaluation for chronic cough

Lorcan P McGarvey, Gavin Harper, Mark Silvey, Haya Langerman

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Treatment options for adults with chronic cough (CC) are limited. This study reports on the health status and experiences of patients with recent healthcare evaluation for CC. This prospective, UK, cross-sectional study surveyed adults with a CC evaluation within the previous 12 months. All were never smokers (or ex-smokers for ≥12 months). Subjects completed five validated patient-reported outcome measures: cough visual analogue scale (VAS), EuroQoL 5 dimension, 5 level (EQ-5D-5L), EQ-5D VAS, Leicester Cough Questionnaire (LCQ), and Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI) questionnaire. A total of 101 participants were recruited: 71% were female, mean age was 54.9 ± 15.2 years. Median (IQR) CC duration was 36 (11, 120) months. Mean self-reported CC severity (Cough-VAS) was 51.3 ± 22.9 over the previous 2 weeks and 62.9 ± 23.7 on the worst day of coughing. EQ-5D values were lower for CC patients than population norms. Subanalyses revealed that EQ-5D and LCQ scores were significantly impacted by CC duration and the number of healthcare providers (HCPs) visited. WPAI analysis showed a 27.6% work time impairment because of participants' CC. The number of HCP attendances ranged from 1 to 10 (3.3 ± 2.8) before diagnosis was confirmed. Treatment was being prescribed to 87% of participants and comprised mainly steroids (nasal [19%] and inhaled [25%]), beta agonists (24%), and proton pump inhibitors (21%); 44% of patients were dissatisfied with treatment efficacy. Real-world data from a nationally representative UK population show significant unmet needs associated with CC, including multiple healthcare visits and limited treatment effectiveness, resulting in inadequate cough control and impaired health status.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent medical research and opinion
Early online date23 Nov 2023
Publication statusEarly online date - 23 Nov 2023


  • Chronic cough
  • quality of life
  • real-world data
  • patient-reported outcomes


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