Chronic Cough - Fiona Horwood

Date Published: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Duration: 
21:43

Dr Fiona Horwood talks about the management of chronic cough in primary care. Fiona is clinical head of general medicine and a respiratory physician at Counties Manukau DHB. Fiona overviews the basics of the cough mechanism and its various causes as well as when to seek further tests/interventions.

  

Topics:

  • mechanics of cough
  • three common causes post nasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux, and asthma
  • when does an acute cough become chronic?
  • timescales in adults and children
  • key points to cover when taking history
  • how long does it take a cough to resolve when someone stops smoking or if someone comes off their ACE inhibitor?
  • common cause of chronic cough
  • less common causes of chronic cough
  • what investigations would be useful in a primary care setting?
  • Upper airways cough syndrome
  • when to refer to secondary care?
  • chronic refractory cough… how do we improve a person’s quality of life?
  • is there an evidence base for using antitussives?
  • what is speech pathology and does it work?
  • take home messages.
     

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Presenter

Dr Fiona Horwood
Respiratory Physician

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