Validation of Bladder Health Instrument for Evaluation in Women


The Prevention of Lower Urinary Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium is working to optimize prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women and adolescent females across their life spans. The ability to measure bladder health and key risk and protective factors is crucial to the PLUS mission. To describe and measure the spectrum of bladder health in diverse populations, researchers need a valid and reliable instrument. To date, the Consortium's work on design of a bladder health instrument has been a culmination of expert opinion, information from focus groups, and incorporation of previously validated items and language where appropriate, along with cognitive interviews of participants from the general public. The next step in the consortium's work is to prospectively collect data to test and validate bladder health instrument (BHI) items for inclusion in a final bladder health scale (BHS) that can assess the full range of bladder health of women. This will be through a combination of general population recruitment for completing mailed surveys, clinical population recruitment for completing surveys and an in-person evaluation, and postpartum women.


  • Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms


Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Community dwelling - Age ≥18 years old - Female sex assigned at birth - Fluent in written and spoken English - Able to read and provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

  • Institutional living arrangement, e.g., skilled nursing, long term care or rehabilitation center - Physical or mental condition that would prohibit self-administration of questionnaire either electronically or using paper and pencil (e.g., dementia/cognitive impairment/blindness/severe arthritis).

Study Design

Study Type
Observational Model
Time Perspective

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University of Minnesota

Study Contact