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Table 1 Content of the Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey (WURSS-44)

From: Validation of a short form Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey (WURSS-21)

Symptoms Symptoms Symptoms Functional impairments
1. How sick do you feel today? [Gt] 12. Body aches [A] 23. Swollen glands [A] 34. Think clearly [F]
2. Cough [C] 13. Feeling "run down" [Ti] 24. Plugged ears [E] 35. Speak clearly [F]
3. Coughing stuff up [C] 14. Sweats [Sw] 25. Ear discomfort [E] 36. Sleep well [F]
4. Cough interfering with sleep [C] 15. Chills [Sw] 26. Watery eyes [O] 37. Breathe easily [F]
5. Sore throat [Th] 16. Feeling feverish [Sw] 27. Eye discomfort [O] 38. Walk, climb stairs, exercise [F]
6. Scratchy throat [Th] 17. Feeling dizzy [O] 28. Head congestion [O] 39. Accomplish daily activities [F]
7. Hoarseness [Th] 18. Feeling tired [Ti] 29. Chest congestion [Ch] 40. Work outside the home [F]
8. Runny nose [N] 19. Irritability [O] 30. Chest tightness [Ch] 41. Work inside the home [F]
9. Plugged nose [N] 20. Sinus pain [Si] 31. Heaviness in chest [Ch] 42. Interact with others [F]
10. Sneezing [N] 21. Sinus pressure [Si] 32. Lack of energy [Ti] 43. Live your personal life [F]
11. Headache [Si] 22. Sinus drainage [Si] 33. Loss of appetite [O] 44. Compared to yesterday [Gy]
  1. Items selected for WURSS-21 are in bold italics
  2. Directions for items (2 – 33): "Please rate the average severity of your cold symptoms over the last 24 hours by marking the appropriate circle for each of the following symptoms."
  3. Response options range 0 to 7, with 0 = Do not have, 1 = Very mild, 3 = Mild, 5 = Moderate, 7 = Severe
  4. Directions for items (34 – 43): "Over the last 24 hours, how much has your cold interfered with your ability to..."
  5. Response options are 0 to 7, with 0 = Not at all, 1 = Very mildly, 3 = Mildly, 5 = Moderately, 7 = Severely
  6. Factor analysis for original validation study identified 10 domains: C = Cough; Th = Throat; N = Nasal; A = Aches; Ti = Tired; Si = Sinus/headache; Sw = Sweats/chills/fever; E = Ears; Ch = Chest; F = Functional/activity
  7. Gt = Global severity today; Gy = Global change since yesterday; O = Did not fit within any domain