Types and applications of cough-related questionnaires

Zhijing Wang, Miao Wang, Siwan Wen, Li Yu, Xianghuai Xu


Cough is a normal protective reflex that can effectively remove foreign bodies and secretions from the airway. However, excessive cough adversely affects a patient’s physiological, psychological and social functions. Thus, it is important to effectively evaluate the severity of cough to determine its diagnosis and treatment. Cough severity can be assessed with subjective or objective tools. Herein, we summarize the subjective evaluation of cough severity with questionnaires.