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A review of quality-of-life questionnaires for urinary incontinence and overactive bladder: which ones to use and why?

Matza, L. S., Zyczynski, T. M., and Bavendam, T.
Overactive bladder (OAB) and stress urinary incontinence have a profound impact on patients' health-related quality of life (HRQL). The purpose of this article is to identify and describe condition-specific HRQL measures validated among patients with symptoms of OAB or stress urinary incontinence. A Medline literature search was performed to identify published articles or abstracts focusing on the development and psychometric validation of relevant instruments. Target populations and psychometric properties (reliability, validity, responsiveness to change) of 16 questionnaires are reviewed. A range of well-validated, condition-specific HRQL measures are available. Recommendations are provided regarding which measures to use in different situations. When choosing among instruments, psychometric evidence and the match of an instrument to the study population should be considered
Publication year:
Symptom status:
Physical state
General health perceptions / HRQoL:
Health-related quality of life
Overall quality of life:
Overall quality of life
Adults (18-65)
Seniors (65+)
Diseases of and symptoms related to the genitourinary system
Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified
PRO / non-PRO:
Patient Reported Outcome
Type of measurement instrument:
1 - Questionnaires
6 - Clinical rating scales
IIQ-7 - Incontinence Impact Questionnaire-7 items   
IIQ - Incontinence Impact Questionnaire   
IIQ-male version - Incontinence Impact Questionnaire - Male version
IIQ-R - Incontinence Impact Questionnaire-revised
I-QOL - Incontinence Quality of Life Instrument
ISQ-P - Incontinence Stress Questionnaire for Patients
KHQ - King's Health Questionnaire
OAB-q - Overactive Bladder Questionnaire (versions: OAB-q SF)
SSI-SI - Symptom Impact Index for Stress Incontinence in Women
UIHI - Urinary Incontinance Handicap Inventory
U-IIQ - Urge Incontinence Impact Questionnaire
Urinary Incontinence Severity Score
URIS-24 - Urge Impact Scale 24 items
YIPS - York Incontinence Perceptions Scale