Cough scores in interstitial lung disease 'predict fibrosis progression and death'

A study of diverse patients illustrates the prognostic value of cough compared with pulmonary function tests, researchers say

Poorer cough-specific quality of life in patients with interstitial lung disease is an independent predictor of hospitalisation, transplantation and death, researchers say.

Findings from the first-of-its-kind study add to a growing body of evidence on the value of assessing cough not only in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis but in the broader interstitial lung disease (ILD) population as well.

The University of Utah-led team used data from the US-based Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry to determine