Table 2

 Examples of strategies in the treatment programme

EducationNo physiological benefit from cough; capacity for voluntary cough control
Strategies to reduce coughIdentify warning signs for cough and replace with modified swallow technique, pursed lip breathing exercise, or relaxed throat breath
Reduce laryngeal irritationIncrease hydration, decrease exposure to irritating stimuli
Psycho-educational counsellingInternalising locus of control; acceptance that treatment is hard work; setting realistic goals