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Cough 

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Cough
Author(s):

Justin Engleka

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0027
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date: 23 August 2019

This chapter examines the various aspects of cough in patients with advanced illness. Aggressive assessment and treatment of cough in patients with advanced illness is critical to promoting overall quality of life. Acute and chronic cough in palliative care patients can exacerbate other symptoms such as pain, dyspnea, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Various pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments are available, yet little research has been conducted on cough as it relates to patients receiving palliative care. Some of those treatments are the same as those used in the general population, but others are unique to those with advanced illnesses. Patients dealing with cough at the end of life face unique problems that deal with the burdens of assessment and treatment. Overall, empiric therapy is often necessary with the goal of improving quality of life.

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