Male Urogenital Distress Inventory (MUDI)

Original Editor - Kirsten Ryan

Top Contributors - Kirsten Ryan 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]


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  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.