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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 304314, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/304314
Research Article

Evaluation of the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory in a Danish Population

1The Danish Research Centre for Chemical Sensitivities, Department of Dermato-Allergology, Gentofte Hospital, University of Copenhagen, 2820 Gentofte, Denmark
2Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen, 2600 Glostrup, Denmark
3Section of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, 1165 Copenhagen, Denmark

Received 28 April 2011; Revised 18 November 2011; Accepted 3 December 2011

Academic Editor: Robin Bernhoft

Copyright © 2012 Sine Skovbjerg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

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.