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What is the severity of globus sensation in individuals who have never sought health care for it?

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Janet WilsonORCiD


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Objectives: To assess the pattern and severity of globus-type symptoms, as measured by the Glasgow Edinburgh throat scale, in individuals who had never sought health care for a feeling of something in the throat, in order to generate the first useful normative dataset for the Glasgow Edinburgh throat scale. Methods: One hundred and seventy-four participants recruited from non-ENT clinics completed the Glasgow Edinburgh throat scale. They were distributed among three age groups (21-45, 46-65 and >65 years). Results: The commonest throat symptoms reported were 'coughing to clear the throat', followed by,catarrh down the throat' and 'discomfort/irritation in the throat'. Conclusions: The results of the study - a normative dataset for the Glasgow Edinburgh throat scale may form the basis for: (a) the use of the Glasgow Edinburgh throat scale in primary care to identify patients for whom referral to secondary care may be appropriate; (b) monitoring the natural history of globus sensation; and (c) assessing response to intervention, in terms of resolution to baseline population levels of symptom severity.

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Author(s): Ali KHM, Wilson JA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Year: 2007

Volume: 121

Issue: 9

Pages: 865-868

ISSN (print): 0022-2151

ISSN (electronic): 1748-5460

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0022215106003380


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