A quality of life questionnaire was applied
which was validated by Patrick e cols.6,7, in 72 women with urinary incontinence complaints
that were referred to the Urination Dysfunction Unit of the Mater Dei Hospital, from the
period of January to September, 1999. The questionnaires score had a relation to the
complaints of the patients and the urodynamic diagnosis.
This life quality questionnaire (annex 1)
was composed of 22 items, where the patient classified each one of them in accordance with
the scale below:
1 point = when the situation occurred very frequently
2 points = when the situation occurred with a moderate frequency
3 points = when the situation occurred with not much frequency
4 points = when the situation did not apply to the patient
Being so, the higher the score, better the quality
of life of the patient.
Besides this, the 22 items of the questionnaire were divided in 4 sub-scales, giving the
scores for the limitations of behavior and the action and psychological impact caused by
urinary incontinence, besides social embarrassment.
For statistical analysis non-parametric methods were used, the Kruskal Wallis Test,
meaning, tests that compare the medium place between variables, placing the patients in a
The mean age of the patients of this study was of 51.1 years old, varying from 26 to 85
years old, being that 36% of these women were in post menopause.
Among the main complaints approximately 60% of the patients presented mixed complaints,
30% irritation complaints, 8% stress urinary incontinence and 2% presented obstructive
PERCENTAGE OF THE MAIN COMPLAINTS
In relation to the urodynamic diagnosis, 33% of the
patients presented genuine stress urinary incontinence, 31% mixed urinary incontinence,
25% vesicle instability, 10% presented a normal urodynamic test and 4% presented other
PERCENTAGE OF THE URODYNAMIC RESULTS
For a statistics analysis a patient with an
obstructed complaint was excluded.