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Indoor air modification interventions for prolonged non‐specific cough in children

This version published: 2009; Review content assessed as up-to-date: January 20, 2009.

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Plain language summary

Prolonged, non‐specific cough is common in childhood and is treated with a variety of therapies. There is a growing market for non‐pharmacological treatments and these include air‐modification modalities, (ionisers, vaporisers, humidifiers, air filters and regular vacuuming). No randomised controlled trials examining the efficacy of air‐modulation modalities in the management of prolonged, non‐specific cough in children were found. Therefore, based on the evidence currently available, a recommendation for these treatments cannot be given. Due to the popularity of air‐modulation modalities, randomised controlled trials in this area are clearly needed.

Abstract

Background: Non‐specific cough has been defined as non‐productive cough in the absence of identifiable respiratory disease or known aetiology and is common in childhood. These children are treated with a variety of therapies, including non‐pharmacological treatments. There is a wide variety and a growing market for these non‐pharmacological treatments that include air‐modification modalities.

Objectives: To determine the efficacy of air‐modification modalities, (ionisers, vaporisers, humidifiers, air filters, regular vacuuming), in treating children with non‐specific cough.

Search methods: The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, OLDMEDLINE and EMBASE databases were searched by the Cochrane Airways Group. The latest searches were performed in November 2008.

Selection criteria: All randomised controlled trials comparing air‐modification modalities with a placebo treatment, for any duration.

Data collection and analysis: Results of searches were reviewed against pre‐determined criteria for inclusion. Five papers were considered for inclusion but no eligible trials were identified and thus no data was available for analysis.

Main results: No randomised controlled trials that examined the efficacy of air‐modification modalities in the management of prolonged, non‐specific cough in children were found.

Authors' conclusions: Based on the evidence currently available, a recommendation can not be given for air‐modification interventions in the treatment of prolonged, non‐specific cough in children.

Editorial Group: Cochrane Airways Group.

Publication status: New search for studies and content updated (no change to conclusions).

Citation: Donnelly D, Everard M, Chang AB. Indoor air modification interventions for prolonged non‐specific cough in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD005075. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005075.pub2. Link to Cochrane Library. [PubMed: 16856075]

Copyright © 2009 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PMID: 16856075

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