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Chronic cough is a common, debilitating condition that can persist for years with little relief from medical treatment. Speech pathology treatment is an effective treatment option for patients with chronic cough. This review outlines current speech pathology assessment and treatment for chronic cough and describes the evidence supporting the intervention. The rationale for speech pathology intervention is described with reference to speech pathology training and expertise that are relevant for this condition. Despite the efficacy and advantages of speech pathology intervention, there is limited guidance in the literature on when patients should be referred for treatment. Patients suitable for speech pathology intervention are those whose cough has persisted despite medical management. Speech pathology intervention may be particularly beneficial for patients with coexisting laryngeal disorders such as muscle tension dysphonia or inducible laryngeal obstruction. Limited information is available regarding current speech pathology training, practice, and service delivery for chronic cough internationally. Timely referral for speech pathology intervention could reduce the disease burden for individuals with chronic cough and decrease the economic burden of this complex condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1756-1761
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Chronic cough
  • Inducible laryngeal obstruction
  • Speech pathology
  • Vocal cord dysfunction


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