International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) Test and Chart

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Published: 2022/12/11
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Synopsis: IPSS test for males to determine problems with urinary difficulties and to check how effective treatment includes a fillable and printable chart. The IPSS was designed to be self-administered by the patient, with speed and ease in mind. Hence, it can be used in both urology clinics as well as the clinics of primary care physicians (i.e., by general practitioners) for the screening and diagnosis of Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH, also called prostate enlargement, is a noncancerous increase in prostate gland size. Symptoms may include frequent urination, trouble starting to urinate, weak stream, inability to urinate, or loss of bladder control.


International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS)

The International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) is an eight-question written screening tool used to screen for, rapidly diagnose, track the symptoms of, and suggest management of the lower urinary tract symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The IPSS uses seven questions related to symptoms related to BPH and one question related to perceived quality of life. Created in 1992 by the American Urological Association, the questionnaire lacked the eighth quality of life question, hence its original name: the American Urological Association symptom score (AUA-7). World Health Organization International Consultation on BPH adopted the "eight question" index and labeled it the IPSS.

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The American Urological Association (AUA) developed the following questionnaire to help males determine problems with their urinary difficulties and check how effective treatment is. This chart has since been adopted worldwide and is known as the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS).

The International Prostate Symptom Score is based on the answers to urinary symptoms, and one question concerns your perceived quality of life. For each question, you choose one of the provided answers. The answers are assigned points from 0 to 5. Your total score ranges from 0 to 35 (asymptomatic to very symptomatic).

Symptom Score Point Scale

Use the following point scale when answering the questions.

Symptom Score Questions

Your Total Score

Reference your score to the chart below. Your total score shows the severity of your symptoms. Your total score can be used to develop a treatment plan if needed.

Severity and Score Results
0 to 7 Mild
8 to 19 Moderate
20 to 35 Severe

Quality of Life Scale

The International Scientific Committee (SCI), under the patronage of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), recommends the use of only a single question to assess the quality of life. Although this single question may or may not capture the global impact of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms or quality of life, it may serve as a valuable starting point for a doctor-patient conversation.

The answers to this question range from "delighted" to "terrible" or 0 to 6. If you were to spend the rest of your life with your urinary condition just the way it is now, how would you feel about that?

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Printable and fillable International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) Chart.

The Healthwise International Prostate Symptom Score is current as of February 10, 2021.

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