Rating# of item importance as a routine assessment tool in cough clinics

Cough severity numerical rating scale (e.g. 0–10, modified Borg scale or 0–100 visual analogue scale)01.93.822.671.7
Cough-specific impact or QoL (e.g. LCQ or CQLQ)011.315.137.735.9
Airway reflux questionnaire (e.g. HARQ)9.417.028.332.113.2
Cough severity diary5.711.339.636.97.5
Cough frequency (ambulatory cough monitoring)11.318.941.517.011.3
General health QoL (e.g. EuroQoL or SF-36)

Data are presented as response %. QoL: quality of life; LCQ: Leicester Cough Questionnaire; CQLQ: Cough-specific Quality of Life Questionnaire; HARQ: Hull Airway Reflux Questionnaire; SF-36: 36-item Short-Form Health Survey. #: 5-point Likert scale (0–4), ranging from “not important at all” (0) to “neutral” (2) and “very important” (4); : original question: Please rate the importance of each item as a routine assessment tool in cough clinics.