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Table 3 Comparison of amelioration of cough

From: Efficacy of cineole in patients suffering from acute bronchitis: a placebo-controlled double-blind trial

  Placebo Cineole  
  Mean Mean P- value*
Frequency of coughing fits a 0.64 (0.87) 1.18 (1.12) 0.0001
Cough documentation b 1.00 (1.39) 1.30 (1.31) 0.0896
  1. Depending on definition of cough frequency and cough documentation. Change from baseline until 4 days of treatment with Cineole and placebo.
  2. *P-values demonstrate the difference between the two treatment groups.
  3. aDefinition of the scores is specified for frequency of coughing fits: 0 = no coughing fits per day, 1 = one coughing fit per day, 2 = 2 – 3 coughing fits per day (i.e. occasionally), 3 = 4–5 coughing fits per day, 4 = 4–9 coughing fits per day i.e. frequent) , 5 = > 15 coughing fits per day (unbearable often).
  4. bDefinition of cough documentation is specified by scores: 0 = no cough, 1 = in the morning without complaints, 2 = in the morning with complaints, 3 = in the morning and over the day (moderate), 3 = in the morning and over the day (severe), 5 = continuously during whole day (moderate complaints) and 6 = continuously during whole day (relevant complaints) in the paragraph with the outcome measures.