Urinary incontinence is relatively common in adult women. Assessment of disease severity can be made with symptom inventory instruments. A long form is available for more detailed study, or a short form can be used for more rapid screening. These forms can be used over time and can help in assessing the effectiveness of interventions or disease progression. In addition, quality of life issues also need to be investigated (in Chapter 1).


The long form consists of 19 questions, which are divided into 3 groups:

(1) I = irritative symptoms (7 questions)

(2) S = stress symptoms (2 questions)

(3) OD = obstructive/discomfort symptoms (10 questions)




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• The text in Shumaker et al refers to points being 1 to 4, but the Appendix gives 0 to 3.


subscore for irritative symptoms =

= SUM(points for all 7 questions)


subscore for stress symptoms =

= SUM(points for both stress questions)


subscore for obstructive/discomfort symptoms =

= SUM(points for all 10 questions)


The short form consists of 6 questions, which are divided into the same 3 groups as the long form.

(1) I = irritative symptoms

(2) S = stress symptoms

(3) OD = obstructive/discomfort symptoms


The question corresponds to questions 1, 3, 4, 6, 10 and 14 in the long form.



• minimum score for both forms is 0

• maximum score for the long form is 57

• maximum score for the short form is 18


Transformation of Long Form Subscore


Each subscore can be rescored to 100 points:


transformed subscore =

= (average subscore) * 100/3


total transformed score =

= SUM(all 3 transformed subscores)



• minimum total transformed score: 0

• maximum total transformed score: 300


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