TABLE 1

Prevalence estimates of chronic cough (CC) in the National Health and Wellness Survey (NHWS) sample: lifetime, in past 12 months, diagnosed, drug treated (unweighted estimated)

NHWS sample sizeLifetime#12 monthsLifetime diagnosed+Lifetime diagnosed and current user of a prescription medication to treat CC§
n%p-value*n%p-value*n%p-value*n%p-value*
Total15 0209816.57394.94182.8950.6
GenderFemale77415186.70.4123975.10.2232483.20.001450.60.415
Male72794636.43424.71702.3500.7
Age group, years18–2923571958.3<0.0011134.8<0.001401.7<0.00180.3<0.001
30–3921871225.6853.9200.940.2
40–4922881165.1843.7462.090.4
50–6442142736.52295.41543.7310.7
65–7433302347.01915.71364.1341.0
75+644416.4375.7223.491.4
Smoking statusCurrent/Former smoker81876558.0<0.0015266.4<0.0012933.6<0.001680.8<0.001
Never smoked68333264.82133.11251.8270.4
RegionƒEast49603106.30.0082324.70.0041302.60.327270.50.424
North1155776.7595.1353.070.6
South36652055.61474.0902.5190.5
West52303897.43015.81633.1420.8

*: comparison of subsample with total sample. #: prevalence estimates for ever being diagnosed with CC. : prevalence estimates for experienced CC in past 12 months. +: prevalence estimates for ever being diagnosed with CC. §: prevalence estimates for ever being diagnosed and for currently using a prescription medication to treat their CC. ƒ: South: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria; East: Berlin, Brandenburg, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxonia, Saxonia-Anhalt, Thuringia; North: Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein; West: Hessia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland; not specified: 10 respondents chose not to answer that question but also did not report CC.