Al-Buheissi et al developed a simple scale for measuring urinary urgency and incontinence. The authors are from University College London and Whittington Hospital London.
The scale consists of 10 questions, scored 1 if present and 0 if absent.
Questions about urgency:
(1) presence at all
(2) presence on getting out of bed (rising in the morning)
(3) presence on putting a key into a door when arriving home
(4) aggravated by the sound of running water
(5) aggravated by the cold
(6) aggravated by anxiety or fatigue
Questions about urge incontinence:
• Latchkey urgency refers to the onset of urgency when putting a key into a door when arriving home.
total score =
= SUM(points for all 10 questions)
• minimum score: 0
• maximum score: 10
• The higher the score the greater the urgency.
• The scale was validated and its performance characteristics determined (construct validity, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, internal responsiveness).
• Several data entry checks are required. For example, marking absence of urgency at all makes all other responses of irrelevant.
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Specialty: Nephrology, Clinical Laboratory