Evidence and Guidelines Combine for Thoughtful Approach to Cough

Did you ever wonder how doctors approach taking care of patients’ specific conditions?

Dr. Mandel Sher’s approach to diagnosing and treating cough is consistent with Clinical Guidelines for Chronic Cough and Evidence-Based Medicine.  Medicare and commercial insurance companies cover Dr. Sher’s and Center for Cough’s services.

Clinical Guidelines for Practice and Evidence-Based Medicine are two factors that influence an individual doctor’s approach to each patient.   Both are important in creating and upholding standards and adding more certainty to decision-making.

Professional physician specialty societies issue clinical guidelines for practice.  Clinical practice guidelines are recommendations for doctors about the care of patients with specific conditions. These practice guidelines are based on research and experience.  The Institute of Medicine defines clinical practice guidelines as “…statements that include recommendations, intended to optimize patient care, that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options”

Evidence-based medicine  is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research,” according to Dr. David Sackett, a pioneer in this approach.

Today, Dr. Sher introduces one clinical guideline for Chronic Cough recently issued by the American College of Chest Physicians.  That professional society’s  journal, CHEST, featured:  “Treatment of Unexplained Chronic Cough:  Guideline and Expert Panel Report:”

“In adult patients with chronic cough, we suggest that patients with chronic cough undergo a guideline/protocol based assessment process that includes objective testing for bronchial hyperresponsiveness and eosinophilic bronchitis, or a therapeutic corticosteroid trial.”

Center for Cough’s blog addressed testing for eosinophilic bronchitis, Chronic Cough and Non-Asthmatic Eosinophilic Bronchitis, in August 2016.  Please click on these links to read the blog post on non-asthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis and other important cough topics.

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team bring the highest professional clinical practice standards and knowledge from vast and successful experiences with cough patients to each and every cough patient interaction.  Please contact Center for Cough today to find out how Dr. Sher can help you achieve a lasting cough solution:  727-393-8067.