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A review of condition-specific instruments to assess the impact of urinary incontinence on health-related quality of life

Symonds, T.
To date, severity of symptoms of urinary tract conditions, such as overactive bladder (OAB) and stress incontinence, have been the main indicators used to understand the burden on the patient. However, there is also an impact on patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL) that should also be assessed. A literature search was conducted and all HRQoL instruments published in peer-reviewed journals were evaluated. Ten instruments were identified: general use (five); urinary urge (OAB) incontinence (four); and stress incontinence (one). Several were identified as valid instruments for assessing HRQoL in urinary incontinence patients.
Eur Urol
0302-2838 (Print)
Publication year:
General health perceptions / HRQoL:
Health-related 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
BFLUTS - Bristol Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Questionnaire (versions: BFLUTS-SF - BFLUTS-Short Form)
IIQ - Incontinence Impact Questionnaire   
IQoLI - Incontinence Quality of Life Index
I-QOL - Incontinence Quality of Life Instrument
ISQ-P - Incontinence Stress Questionnaire for Patients
KHQ - King's Health Questionnaire
Quality of Life Questionnaire for Urgent Micturition
SII (-SI) - Symptom Impact Index (for Stress Incontinence)
U-IIQ - Urge Incontinence Impact Questionnaire
URIS-24 - Urge Impact Scale 24 items