TABLE 3

Open-ended responses among 11 experts regarding items/domains to assess of cough symptom severity

Items/domainsNumber of endorsements
Global score of cough severity (0–10)1
Urge-to-cough2
Allotussia/hypersensitivity3
Control/suppressibility1
Intensity6
Physical discomfort1
 Pain (chest/abdominal)3
 Headache1
 Dizziness1
 Rib fractures1
 Hernia1
 Sore throat1
 Throat tightness1
 Dyspnoea1
 Syncope2
 Urinary incontinence3
 Retching1
 Vomiting1
Timing2
 Frequency4
  Bout frequency1
 Duration of bouts1
Quality2
Distress2
Impact on depression or anxiety2
Impact on daily activities6
Impact on sleep3
Impact on ability to speak1
Impact on social life1
Worry that cough represents a serious illness1
Perceived impact on family/co-workers2
Number of previous investigations for cough1