Evaluation of the quick environmental exposure and sensitivity inventory in a Danish population

J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:304314. doi: 10.1155/2012/304314. Epub 2012 Jan 12.


Objectives: To evaluate a Danish translation of the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI).

Methods: The study included two groups: one comprised a random sample of 2000 individuals drawn from the Danish Civil Registration System; the other comprised 315 patients with chemical intolerance.

Results: The evaluation suggested good reliability for the four QEESI scales in terms of internal consistency and coefficients between test and retest scores. The discriminatory validity was the largest for the Chemical (inhalant) Intolerance and Life Impact Scales. Using combined cut-off scores for these two scales provided a sensitivity of 92.1 and a specificity of 91.8 and yielded a prevalence of 8.2% in the population group.

Conclusions: The Danish translation of the QEESI showed overall good reliability and validity. We recommend the use of the combined Chemical (inhalant) Intolerance and Life Impact Scales in future studies.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity / diagnosis*
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surveys and Questionnaires