The American Urological Association (AUA) has developed the
following questionnaire to help men determine how bothersome their urinary
symptoms are and to check how effective their treatment is.1 This questionnaire has also been adopted worldwide and
is known as the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS). It is sometimes
seen with a Quality of Life Scale at the end of the questionnaire.
Use the following point scale to answer the questions.
For example, for question number 1, a man who had the
feeling of not completely emptying his bladder less than half the time (but
more than 1 out of 5 times) would get 2 points for that question. For question
number 4, a man who found it hard to hold his urine less than once out of every
5 times would get 1 point for that question.
Your score shows how severe your symptoms are. This
symptom index may be used to develop a treatment plan. Your doctor may also ask
you to take the test again after treatment to see how well treatment helped
Compare your total score to the list below.
were to spend the rest of your life with your urinary condition just the way it
is now, how would you feel about that?
Barry MJ, et al. (1992). American Urological
Association symptom index for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Journal of Urology, 148(5): 1549–1557.
March 5, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
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