International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire Overactive Bladder Quality of Life Module (ICIQ-OABqol)

The ICIQ-OABqol is a patient-completed questionnaire evaluating quality of life (QoL) in patients with overactive bladder for use in research and clinical practice across the world. The ICIQ-OABqol is the OAB-q adapted for use within the ICIQ structure. It is an ideal research tool as it explores in detail the impact on patients’ lives of overactive bladder and can be used as an outcome measure to assess impact of different treatment modalities.

Number of items: 26

Question items:

  • Journey planning
  • Tired
  • Toilet access
  • Distress
  • Frustration
  • Feel something wrong with self
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Physical activities
  • Not rested on waking
  • Frustration for family /friends
  • Anxiety/worry
  • Restriction to home
  • Adjusting travel to toilet location
  • Avoid activities away from toilets
  • Frustration over time spent in toilet
  • Awakened during sleep
  • Odour/hygiene
  • Uncomfortable travelling with others
  • Relationships
  • Social activities
  • Embarrassment
  • Amount of sleep needed
  • Problems with partner/spouse
  • Plan activities
  • Toilet location
  • Overall impact on everyday life

Associated publications:
Coyne, K., Revicki, D., Hunt, T., Corey, R., Stewart, W., Bentkover, J., Kurth, H., Abrams, P. Psychometric validation of an overactive bladder symptom and health-related quality of life questionnaire: the OAB-q. Qual.Life.Res.2002; 11(6); 563-574

Level of validation according to ICI grades of recommendation:
Grade A
Validity, reliability and responsiveness established with rigour in several data sets

Suggested modules to use in conjunction:

Completion time:
10-15 minutes

25-160 overall score with greater values indicating increased impact on quality of life

Available languages:
Belgian French • Brazilian Portuguese • Croatian • Danish • Dutch • Finnish • German • Hebrew • Italian  • Lithuanian • Norwegian • Polish • Spanish • Swedish • Swiss French • Thai • UK English •  US English 

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