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Assessment of gender differences in health status with the Leicester Cough Questionnaire (LCQ)
  1. S S Birring1,
  2. I D Pavord2
  1. 1
    Department of Respiratory Medicine, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2
    Institute for Lung Health, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr S S Birring, Department of Respiratory Medicine, King’s College Hospital, London SE5 9RS, UK; surinder.birring{at}kch.nhs.uk

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Kelsall et al were surprised that there were no differences in Leicester Cough Questionaire (LCQ)1 scores in men and women with chronic cough and suggest that this was because the LCQ did not capture gender-specific differences in health status.2 We disagree. We have previously reported significantly worse health status in a larger group of females with chronic cough (see table 1).3 4 Furthermore, Polley et al investigated the gender differences in health status in 147 patients with chronic …

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