Short forms to assess life quality and symptom distress for urinary incontinence in women: The incontinence impact questionnaire and the urogenital distress inventory

Authors

  • John S. Uebersax,

    1. Department of Public Health Sciences, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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  • Jean F. Wyman,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Adult Health Nursing, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond
    • School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Box 980567, Richmond, VA 23298-0567 Participants in the Continence Program for Women Research Group are listed in Appendix C
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  • Sally A. Shumaker,

    1. Department of Public Health Sciences, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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  • Donna K. McClish

    1. Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond
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Abstract

This article describes short form versions of the Incontinence Impact Questionnaire (IIQ) and the Urogenital Distress Inventory (UDI). These instruments assess life impact and symptom distress, respectively, of urinary incontinence and related conditions for women. All subsets regression analysis was used to find item subsets that best approximated scores of the long form versions. The approach succeeded in reducing the 30-item IIQ and the 19-item UDI to 7- and 6 item short forms, respectively. The short form versions may be more useful than the long form versions in many clinical and research applications. © 1995 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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