Managing chronic rhinosinusitis and respiratory disease: a qualitative study of triggers and interactions

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Objective: The aim of this analysis is to explore views of patients with CRS (chronic rhinosinusitis) about of the aetiology of their respiratory symptoms and the relationship between upper and lower respiratory symptoms. Methods: This study is part of a larger mixed methods study investigating the epidemiology of CRS which comprises a questionnaire study of patients with CRS and controls and a qualitative study of 21 patients with CRS. Semi structured qualitative interviews were undertaken these patients; 11 male, 10 female. 12 patients had asthma. Patients were recruited from a tertiary outpatient rhinology clinic. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis using Nvivo software. Several important and recurring themes were highlighted. Results: Patients described many perceived triggering factors and an interaction between upper and lower respiratory tract symptoms. They felt that their symptoms could be managed more holistically. Conclusions: Concerns about triggers of respiratory symptoms and interactions between upper and lower respiratory symptoms are of significant concern to patients. These should be appropriately managed and acknowledged in formal treatment pathways, for example through the use of combined ENT/respiratory clinics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-605
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number6
Early online date26 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Allergy
  • Clinical Practice Guideline
  • Patient Care Management
  • Respiratory tract diseases
  • Rhinitis

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