The Health Foundation's five-year, £2.5m QQUIP research initiative to help healthcare policy makers, managers, clinicians, researchers and patient groups to better understand and make informed decisions about how to improve healthcare quality will go online next month.

The Health Foundation's five-year,£2.5m QQUIP research initiative to help healthcare policy makers, managers, clinicians, researchers and patient groups to better understand and make informed decisions about how to improve healthcare quality will go online next month.

The Quest for Quality and Improved Performance collates and analyses the latest worldwide data on performance indicators ranging from effectiveness, capacity and access to safety and value for money. The first component of the research is available online through the Quality Information Centre where users can view charts by specific conditions and interventions.

The lead researchers for QQUIP are Sheila Leatherman and Kim Sutherland, who together authored the seminal Quest for Quality in the NHS: a mid-term evaluation of the ten-year quality agenda.

As latest research is published it will be posted online so healthcare professionals can use the website as a one-stop-shop for their data and research needs. The site will also allow international comparisons and will be home to comprehensive reports on topics such as how regulation impacts on quality and the effects of incentives on performance.

To access the QQUIP website, click here.