The Collaborative Medical and Behavioral Management of Chronic Cough Chronic cough is the most frequent reason cited by patients for seeking medical care in an ambulatory setting and may account for 10% to 38% of a pulmonologist's practice. Because chronic cough can be caused by or correlated with a wide array of disorders and behaviors, the diagnosis of etiologic ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2009
The Collaborative Medical and Behavioral Management of Chronic Cough
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  • Brian E. Petty
    School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Seth H. Dailey, MD
    School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2009
The Collaborative Medical and Behavioral Management of Chronic Cough
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2009, Vol. 19, 49-57. doi:10.1044/vvd19.2.49
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2009, Vol. 19, 49-57. doi:10.1044/vvd19.2.49
Abstract

Chronic cough is the most frequent reason cited by patients for seeking medical care in an ambulatory setting and may account for 10% to 38% of a pulmonologist's practice. Because chronic cough can be caused by or correlated with a wide array of disorders and behaviors, the diagnosis of etiologic factors and determination of appropriate therapeutic management in these cases can prove to be daunting for the physician and speech-language pathologist alike. This article will describe the phenomenon of chronic cough, discuss the many etiologic factors to consider, and review some of the more common ways in which speech-language pathologists and physicians collaborate to treat this challenging condition.

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