for females ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at San Diego, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Emily Lukacz, MD



The Prevention of Lower Urinary Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium is working to optimize prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women and adolescent females across their life spans. The ability to measure bladder health and key risk and protective factors is crucial to the PLUS mission. To describe and measure the spectrum of bladder health in diverse populations, researchers need a valid and reliable instrument. To date, the Consortium's work on design of a bladder health instrument has been a culmination of expert opinion, information from focus groups, and incorporation of previously validated items and language where appropriate, along with cognitive interviews of participants from the general public. The next step in the consortium's work is to prospectively collect data to test and validate bladder health instrument (BHI) items for inclusion in a final bladder health scale (BHS) that can assess the full range of bladder health of women. This will be through a combination of general population recruitment for completing mailed surveys, clinical population recruitment for completing surveys and an in-person evaluation, and postpartum women.


Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Bladder Health LUTS PLUS VIEW


You can join if…

Open to females ages 18 years and up

  • Community dwelling
  • Age ≥18 years old
  • Female sex assigned at birth
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Able to read and provide informed consent

You CAN'T join if...

  • Institutional living arrangement, e.g., skilled nursing, long term care or rehabilitation center
  • Physical or mental condition that would prohibit self-administration of questionnaire either electronically or using paper and pencil (e.g., dementia/cognitive impairment/blindness/severe arthritis).


  • University of California, San Diego
    San Diego California 92121 United States
  • University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis Minnesota 55455 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSD

  • Emily Lukacz, MD
    Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Health Sciences. Authored (or co-authored) 109 research publications


accepting new patients by invitation only
Start Date
Completion Date
University of Minnesota
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Expecting 1202 study participants
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