Cough and Dyspnea

  • Perform an appropriate history (including environmental, occupational, travel) and focused physical examination to identify the common and important causes of cough, particularly
    • Acute causes
      • Infectious (viral/bacterial)
      • Exacerbation of Asthma
      • Exacerbation of COPD
      • Post-viral cough
      • Exacerbation of CHF
    • Chronic causes (including screening for red flags)
      • Post-nasal drip
      • GERD
      • Asthma
      • COPD/Smoking
      • Infection (e.g. tuberculosis)
      • Medication (e.g. ACE Inhibitor)
      • Congestive Heart Failure
      • Neoplasm
  • Propose a relevant initial investigation plan for a patient with cough.
  • Recognize a patient with respiratory distress and understand when to seek immediate help.
  • Suggest an initial management plan for patients with cough, particularly for the acute and chronic causes listed above

Core Resources

Cough Clinical Card.pdf

Englert S, Elliott M, Keegan DA. Cough. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2014. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/

Cough

Vilensky D, Bordman R.  Cough One-Page Primer.  DFCM Open.  2013.  Available at: http://dfcmopen.com.  Attribution CC BY-NC-ND

Office Emergencies emodule

Jansz G, Law M, Lee S et al.  Office Emergencies: Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Core Curriculum Module.  University of Toronto.

Cough. Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Core Curriculum Module

Young S, Mardimae A.  Cough.  Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Core Curriculum Module.  University of Toronto.  March 2018.

Supplemental Resources

Chest X-Ray Interpretation 1 Clinical Card 2014

Yu Y, Spaner SJ, Keegan DA.  Chest X-Ray Interpretation PA.  Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card.  2014.  Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/

Chest X-Ray Interpretation 2 Clinical Card 2014

Yu Y, Spaner SJ, Keegan DA.  Chest X-Ray Interpretation PA.  Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card.  2014.  Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/