Cough in children and adults

The Australian Cough Guidelines is a clinical guideline developed by the Cough in Children and Adults: Diagnosis and Assessment (CICADA) Consultative Group for the assessment of persistent cough in children and adults. The guidelines were developed to assist GPs with a treatment program based on accurate diagnosis and understanding of the causes of cough.

Cough is a common and distressing symptom that results in significant health care costs for adults and children from medical consultations and medication use with nonspecific cough suppressant therapy offering little benefit in managing persistent cough.

Management of chronic cough involves addressing the common issues of environmental exposures and patient or parental concerns and then instituting specific therapy to manage the cough.

CICADA: Cough in Children and Adults: Diagnosis and Assessment. Australian Cough Guidelines summary statement (473 KB)