Cough can negatively impact the quality of life for a patient with interstitial lung disease.

Measurement: Leicester Cough Questionnaire, other


Cough parameters:

(1) frequency

(2) severity


Features of disabling cough:

(1) reduced quality of life

(2) associated with deterioration in other measures of pulmonary function (FVC as percent of predicted; DLco as percent of predicted)

(3) reduced ability to work or participate

(4) stigma

(5) associated with other milestones: hospitalized, death, lung transplantation

(6) increased distress

(7) impaired sleep

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