Urinary incontinence is a common problem in adult women. It can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. Instruments can be used to assess the degree of life impact. A long form is available for more detailed studies while a short form can be used for rapid screening. These can be used over time and can help in assessing effectiveness of interventions. In addition, instruments are available to assess the severity of symptoms (see the Chapter on the renal and urinary system).