Evaluation of a Swedish version of the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory

Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2010 Jan;83(1):95-104. doi: 10.1007/s00420-009-0427-4. Epub 2009 May 26.


Purpose: To psychometrically evaluate a Swedish version of the Quick Environment Exposure Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI), originally developed in the United States, which is a sensitive and fast questionnaire instrument with five scales used to investigate chemical intolerance.

Methods: Ninety non-intolerant, 67 mildly intolerant, and 126 moderately/severely intolerant individuals to environmental chemicals responded at test and retest (n = 69, 64, 120, respectively) occasions to the Swedish version of the QEESI.

Results: Good internal consistency (alpha = 0.74-0.95) and test-retest reliability (r = 0.78-0.93) was found in all scales, except for the internal consistency in the Masking Index (Kuder-Richardson coefficient = 0.10). All scales, but the Masking Index, further showed good convergent validity (somewhat lower in the Other Intolerences scale) and predominantly unidimensionality.

Conclusions: The Swedish version of the QEESI is reliable and valid for investigation of chemical intolerance, but the Masking Index scale does not represent a unified concept of exposure to masking agents.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / diagnosis*
  • Hypersensitivity / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sweden / epidemiology
  • Young Adult