‘Chronic cough, cause unknown’: A qualitative study of patient perspectives of chronic refractory cough

Katrin Hulme*, Sian Dogan, Sean M. Parker, Vincent Deary

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Abstract

Chronic refractory cough patients have persistent, unexplained, treatment-resistant symptoms. Very little is known about non-physiological processes underlying chronic refractory cough or patients’ experience of the condition. In all, 14 patients participated in semi-structured interviews. Interviews were based on the comprehensive cognitive behavioural model and analysed thematically. Eight key themes emerged illustrating that the experience of the onset and persistence of chronic refractory cough is complex, often involving multiple interlinking factors. Themes highlighted the involvement of biological and psychological factors, and the prominent role of the social dimension in how the cough is experienced, perceived and managed. Implications for intervention development are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-716
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume24
Issue number6
Early online date5 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

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