Prostate Health – IPSS

In the past month:
1. Incomplete Emptying
How often have you had the sensation of not emptying your bladder [completely after you finish urinating]?
·         Not at All
·         Less than 1 in 5 Times
·         Less than Half the Time
·         About Half the Time
·         More than Half the Time
·         Almost Always
2. Frequency
How often have you had to urinate [again] less than every two hours [after you finished urinating]?
·         Not at All
·         Less than 1 in 5 Times
·         Less than Half the Time
·         About Half the Time
·         More than Half the Time
·         Almost Always
3. Intermittency
How often have you found you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?
·         Not at All
·         Less than 1 in 5 Times
·         Less than Half the Time
·         About Half the Time
·         More than Half the Time
·         Almost Always
4. Urgency
How often have you found it difficult to postpone urination?
·         Not at All
·         Less than 1 in 5 Times
·         Less than Half the Time
·         About Half the Time
·         More than Half the Time
·         Almost Always
5. Weak Stream
How often have you had a weak urinary stream?
·         Not at All
·         Less than 1 in 5 Times
·         Less than Half the Time
·         About Half the Time
·         More than Half the Time
·         Almost Always
6. Straining
How often have you had to [push or] strain to start [begin] urination?
·         Not at All
·         Less than 1 in 5 Times
·         Less than Half the Time
·         About Half the Time
·         More than Half the Time
·         Almost Always
7. Nocturia
How many times did you typically get up at night to urinate [many times did you most typically get up to urinate from the time you went to bed until the time you got up in the morning]?
None‚ 1 Time‚ 2 Times‚ 3 Times‚ 4 Times‚ 5 Times
Quality of Life Due to Urinary Symptoms
If you were to spend the rest of your life with your urinary condition just the way it is now‚ how would you feel about that?
·         Delighted
·         Pleased
·         Mostly Satisfied
·         Mixed
·         Mostly Dissatisfied
·         Unhappy
·         Terrible
 
1 Incomplete emptying
2 Frequency
3 Intermittency
4 Urgency
5 Weak Stream
6 Straining
7 Nocturia
 
Mild (symptom score less than of equal to 7)
Moderate (symptom score range 8-19)
Severe (symptom score range 20-35)
 
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Abram‚ P.‚ Chapple‚ C.‚ Khoury‚ S.‚ et al. (2009). Evaluation and treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms in older men. Journal of Urology; 2009; 181(4):1779-1787.