The incontinence impact questionnaire: Results in an Italian female population stratified by educational status

Elisabetta Costantini, Massimo Lazzeri, Vittorio Bini, Michele Del Zingaro, Ervin Kocjiancic, Massimo Porena

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the response rate to the self-administered Incontinence Impact Questionnaire (IIQ) in an Italian female population. Patients and Methods: 172 consecutive patients referred to the urogynecological department of an urban university teaching hospital were invited to answer the self-administered IIQ. Correlations were investigated between answer rate, age, educational status and urogenital pathology. Results: Only 41.6% of patients with low educational status answered all questions compared with 47.6 and 58% of medium and high educational status (p = 0.038 and p = 0.011 respectively). Mean patient age correlated inversely with educational status (ρ = -0.443; p <0.0001) and directly with non-response rate (ρ = 0.207; p = 0.007). The non-response rate was correlated significantly and inversely with educational status only in continent patients (ρ = -0.254; p = 0.037) and in patients with pelvic organ prolapse (ρ = -0.256; p = 0.017). Conclusions: The IIQ answer rate correlated directly with educational status in an Italian female population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-192
Number of pages6
JournalUrologia Internationalis
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Education
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Quality of life
  • Questionnaire
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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