Male Urinary Symptom Impact Questionnaire (MUSIQ)

Original Editor - Kirsten Ryan

Top Contributors - Kirsten Ryan, Kim Jackson and George Prudden  


The Male Urinary Symptom Impact Questionnaire (MUSIQ) was designed to measure the effect of interventions for urinary incontinence on health-related quality of life in men.[1]

Intended Population

Community dwelling, racially diverse men with continence problems.[1]

Method of Use

The MUSIQ contains 32 items that are each coded on a 4-point scale of impact on quality of life:  0 = not at all, 1 = slightly, 2 = moderately, and 3 = greatly.  Total scores range from 0 (no impact) to 96 (maximum impact).[1]

It takes about 20 minutes to complete by either self-administration or interview.[1]




Internal consistency with Cronbach's coefficient was 0.95[1]


Content validity was supported with percentage agreement scores of 100% for clarity and 89% for item fit.[1]

The Pearson's correlation coefficient between the Male Urinary Distress Inventory and the MUSIQ was 0.59 (P < .001).[1]



The MUSIQ addresses the dimensions of mental/psychological health, social health, and global perceptions of function and well-being, focusing on emotional health, social contact, activity, stability of support, and sleep.

Test-retest reliability and sensitivity to change need to be further evaluated.  Concurrent validity scores should also be correlated with another generic health-related quality of life instruement.  Construct validity should also be reexamined with a larger more symptomatically diverse sample.  There was a possibility of floor effect and therefore should be further studied.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Robinson J, Shea J. Development and testing of a measure of health-related quality of life for men with urinary incontinence. J Am Geriat Soc 2002;50:935-945.