Male Urogenital Distress Inventory (MUDI)

Original Editor - Kirsten Ryan

Top Contributors - Kirsten Ryan, Kim Jackson and George Prudden  


The Male Urogenital Distress Inventory (MUDI) can be used in clinical practice and research 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 MUDI contains 27 items that are each coded on the following 5-point scale:  1 = symptom not present, 2 = symptom present but not bothersome, 3 = symptom present and slightly bothersome, 4 = symptom present and moderately bothersome, and 5 = symptom present and greatly bothersome.  Total scores range from 27 (no symptoms) to 135 (maximum degree of associated bother).[1]

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




Internal consistency score with Cronbach's coefficient was .89.[1]


Content validity agreement scores were 97% for item clarity and 95% for item fit.[1]



The MUDI captures the dimension of physical health, focusing on bother from multiple symptoms associated with urinary incontinence.

Further testing should be done on test-retest reliability and sensitivity to change.  Concurrent validity should also be evaluated further by comparing to a generic health-related quality of life instrument.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Robinson J, Shea S. 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.