Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptoms Survey
Abbreviation / Alternate Names
WURSS; WURSS-44; WURSS-21
Illness-specific quality of life instrument. Developed to measure change over time in symptoms important to cold sufferers.
Bruce Barrett MD, PhD
Cost & availability
Free for nonprofit and educational use.
Time to complete
5 to 10 minutes
Number of items
44 item (WURSS-44) and 21 item (WURSS-21) versions available
Domains & categories (#)
Initial factor analysis of WURSS-44 suggests 10 domains.
Name of domains/ categories
Sore throat, nasal, sinus, ears, sweats, aches, cough, chest, tiredness, and activity & function.
Scaling of items
7-point Likert-type scale
Summation of severity scores on items 1-43 for WURSS-44, and items 1-20 for WURSS-21.
a. Test-retest/reproducibility: Not Applicable
Concurrent reported 1,2
Date of information
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