International prostate symptom score as a clinical outcome measure for Ethiopian patients with urethral stricture

Ethiop Med J. 2004 Oct;42(4):277-81.


Eighty-four urethral stricture patients and 73 controls were studied prospectively over a 6 months period in Tikur Anbessa Hospital from April to August 2000. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the use of International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) as an outcome measurement instrument for urethral stricture patients in Ethiopia. The Amharic translation of IPSS (IPSS Amh) was used in this study. Internal consistency was 0.91. Construct validity was 0.73. Test-retest reliability was 0.95. Sensitivity and specificity were 76% and 71% respectively. In conclusion the IPSS Amh was found to be valid for use in urethral stricture patients in Ethiopia. We recommend the wide use of this cheap and easily available clinical measurement instrument.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Ethiopia
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Male
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / diagnosis*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome*
  • Urethral Stricture / diagnosis*
  • Urethral Stricture / physiopathology
  • Urethral Stricture / therapy*