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Validation of the Hebrew version of the short form of the Urogenital Distress Inventory (UDI-6)

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Introduction and hypothesis

The urogenital distress inventory (UDI-6) is a simple questionnaire assessing quality of life (QoL) among patients with urinary incontinence. Despite widespread use in Israel, linguistic validation of this tool has not yet included examination of the psychometric characteristics of this instrument in the Hebrew language. The purpose of this study was to validate the psychometric characteristics of the UDI-6 in the Hebrew language.


A cross-sectional study was conducted from April to June 2016 using the recommended ratio of 10:1 between the number of subjects and the number of items in the questionnaire. A Hebrew version of the UDI-6 was given to a sample of 60 women with urinary incontinence. Internal consistency, validity, and test–retest reliability were evaluated.


UDI-6 showed internal consistency with Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of 0.637. The kappa coefficient for test–retest reliability of the UDI-6 ranged from 0.845 to 0.606.


The Hebrew version of UDI-6 showed adequate reliability, consistency and validity for measuring symptoms and QoL in women with urinary incontinence.

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Reuven, Y., Yohay, Z., Glinter, H. et al. Validation of the Hebrew version of the short form of the Urogenital Distress Inventory (UDI-6). Int Urogynecol J 28, 1891–1894 (2017).

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