French version of the short form of the Neurogenic Bladder Symptom Score: Cross-cultural adaptation and validation


  • Sara Berradja Sorbonne University
  • Nicolas Turmel Sorbonne University
  • Claire Hentzen Sorbonne University
  • Rebecca Haddad Sorbonne University
  • Gabriel Miget Sorbonne University
  • Matthieu Grasland Sorbonne University
  • Camille Chesnel Sorbonne University
  • Geneviève Nadeau Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHUQ), Université Laval
  • Gerard Amarenco Sorbonne University



questionnaire, linguistic validation, LUTS, neurogenic bladder, multidimensional tool


Introduction: This study aimed to empirically validate a French version of the Neurogenic Bladder Symptoms Score-Short From (NBSS-SF), a psychometric multidimensional tool to assess lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) for patients with a neurological condition.

Methods: One hundred and five participants with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury prospectively completed the questionnaire at baseline and 7–14 days later. The α coefficient of Cronbach (internal consistency) and the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) (test-retest reliability) were calculated.

Results: The internal consistency for the overall questionnaire was high (Cronbach’s α coefficients from 0.79), while coefficients for each subscale were variable (urinary incontinence 0.91; storage and voiding 0.69; consequences 0.25). For test-retest reliability, 88/105 (84%) patients filled and sent back their questionnaire 10 days (±3.6 days) after baseline version. ICC was 0.90 for the total score and was 0.73 for the urinary incontinence subdomain, 0.79 for storage and voiding, and 0.75 for consequences.

Conclusions: The psychometric qualities of the French version of the NBSS-SF are well-supported, thus providing a valid tool to measure bladder symptoms across three different domains in patients with neurogenic bladder.


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How to Cite

Berradja, S., Turmel, N., Hentzen, C., Haddad, R., Miget, G., Grasland, M., Chesnel, C., Nadeau, G. ., & Amarenco, G. (2022). French version of the short form of the Neurogenic Bladder Symptom Score: Cross-cultural adaptation and validation. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 16(9), E468–72.



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