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The Multi-centre evaluation of a clinical pathway for chronic cough in children - can it be used to improve clinical outcomes? study investigated the usefulness and value of an evidence based clinical pathway for managing chronic cough in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. The objectives of the study were to contribute to the evidence base for chronic cough, clinical policy and guidelines, clinical outcomes and the early detection of respiratory conditions.
The study involved five major hospitals and three rural-remote clinics. 346 children newly referred with chronic cough were prospectively managed in accordance with an evidence-based cough algorithm.
The study found that the high burden of cough is independent of children’s age and the cause of the cough but dependent on the clinical setting. Irrespective of clinical setting and age, children with chronic cough should be carefully evaluated and child-specific evidence-based algorithms used.
Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research
Ms Kobi Schutz
Menzies School of Health Research