International Prostate Symptom Score
The International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) is an eight-question written screening tool used to screen for, rapidly diagnose, track the symptoms of, and suggest management of the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
It contains seven questions related to symptoms related to BPH and one question related to the patient's perceived quality of life. Created in 1992 by the American Urological Association, it originally lacked the eighth quality of life question, hence its original name: the American Urological Association symptom score (AUA-7).
The seven questions relating to symptoms experienced in the last month include feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, frequency of urination, intermittency of urine stream, urgency of urination, weak stream, straining and waking at night to urinate.
The IPSS was designed to be self-administered by the patient, with speed and ease in mind. Hence, it can be used in both urology clinics as well as the clinics of primary care physicians (i.e. by general practitioners) for the screening and diagnosis of BPH.
Additionally, the IPSS can be performed multiple times to compare the progression of symptoms and their severity over months and years.
In addition to diagnosis and charting disease progression, the IPSS is effective in helping to determine treatment for patients.
The symptoms must have been experienced in the last month and each answer is scored from 0 to 5 for a maximum score of 35 points.
The first six questions are scored based on the following:
|0||Not at all|
|1||Less than 1 time in 5|
|2||Less than half the time|
|3||About half the time|
|4||More than half the time|
The seventh question, relating to nocturia, is scored from 0 to 5 based on how many times the patient gets up at night to urinate (viz. 1 is scored for one time per night and 5 for five times per night).
The mnemonic "FUN WISE" can be used to remember the seven questions relating to symptoms of BPH. They are as follows:
|E||Sensation of incomplete emptying|
In research, the IPSS is used to standardise patients' complaints/symptoms. A meta-analysis on the subject of the influence of position on urodynamics noted that, in most cases however, the IPSS was not used (or not used adequately) by physicians.
- http://www.urospec.com/uro/Forms/ipss.pdf International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) form
- International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) at Urological Sciences Research Foundation. Retrieved November 2011
- de Jong, Y; Pinckaers, JH; Ten Brinck, RM; Lycklama À Nijeholt, AA; Dekkers, OM (2014). "Urinating Standing versus Sitting: Position Is of Influence in Men with Prostate Enlargement. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis". PLOS ONE. 9 (7): e101320. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101320. PMC 4106761. PMID 25051345.