Treatment for Cough: Two Sides to the Story The role of cough is of interest to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for two seemingly contradictory reasons: chronic, excessive cough and insufficient cough. Evidence supports the role of the SLP in behavioral strategies for both the reduction and/or elimination of chronic cough, as well as the use of pulmonary exercise to ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2017
Treatment for Cough: Two Sides to the Story
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Bari Hoffman Ruddy
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
  • Mary J. Sandage
    Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
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  • Financial: Bari Hoffman Ruddy and Mary J. Sandage have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Bari Hoffman Ruddy and Mary J. Sandage have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: The information in this manuscript was presented at the ASHA National Convention in November 2016 and this invited piece is based on this invited SIG 3 seminar.
    Nonfinancial: The information in this manuscript was presented at the ASHA National Convention in November 2016 and this invited piece is based on this invited SIG 3 seminar.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Professional Issues & Training / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 3
Article   |   December 01, 2017
Treatment for Cough: Two Sides to the Story
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 113-118. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG3.113
History: Received May 30, 2017 , Revised August 4, 2017 , Accepted September 8, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 113-118. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG3.113
History: Received May 30, 2017; Revised August 4, 2017; Accepted September 8, 2017

The role of cough is of interest to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for two seemingly contradictory reasons: chronic, excessive cough and insufficient cough. Evidence supports the role of the SLP in behavioral strategies for both the reduction and/or elimination of chronic cough, as well as the use of pulmonary exercise to realize improved airway clearance in individuals with a weak, insufficient cough. At both ends of this continuum, anchored at one end by too much coughing and the other end anchored by inadequate cough for airway clearance/pulmonary health, the SLP has an important role.

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