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

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Author(s)Ali K, Wilson JA
Publication type Article
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
ISSN (print)0022-2151
ISSN (electronic)1748-5460
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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.
PublisherCambridge University Press
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