Skip to main content


What it measures:

Measures symptoms on three subscales (Shumaker et al, 1994): 1. Irritative 2. Stress 3. Obstructive/Discomfort Originally studied on community-dwelling women with urinary incontinence, but also used for women with lower urinary tract complaints, attending continence clinics, or on a surgical waiting list for urinary symptoms (Shumaker et al, 1994; Ross et al, 2006). Purpose: To study impact on urinary symptoms on quality of life and ability to participate in everyday activities (Shumaker et al, 1994; Ross et al, 2006). UDI-6 responses predicted whether stress UI, bladder outlet obstruction, and detrusor overactivity were found on urodynamic testing (Ross et al, 2006)

Target Population:

Women with urinary incontinence (UI) specific to lower urinary tract dysfunction and genital prolapse.

Developed to address a gap in UI literature and a lack of a UI-specific measure of health-related QOL.  In the original article, the UDI was intended to be used with the Incontinence Impact Questionnaire (Shumaker et al, 1994).

This test was identified by the Section on Women’s Health Task Force for use in functional limitation reporting.

You Might Also Like...


No. 397 – Conservative Care of Urinary Incontinence in Women

Apr 1, 2020

This clinical practice guideline provides evidence for assessment and conservative care for urinary incontinence in women, including pelvic floor muscle


Pelvic Girdle Pain in the Antepartum Population: Physical Therapy CPG Linked to ICF (CPG+)

May 1, 2017

Recommendations for clinical reasoning processes in the examination and intervention of females with prenatal pelvic girdle pain.


EAU Guidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain (2017 Edition)

Jan 1, 2017

Guideline aims to expand the awareness of caregivers in the field of abdominal and pelvic pain and to assist those who treat these in their daily