QUERI – Quality Enhancement Research Initiative

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About the QUERI Program

For an overview of the QUERI program, please refer to the QUERI Brochure (544 KB, PDF) and the QUERI Partnered Research Fact Sheet (482 KB, PDF) .

What is QUERI?

In 1998, VA's Health Services Research and Development Service launched the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). The QUERI mission is to enhance the quality and outcomes of VA health care by systematically implementing clinical research findings and evidence-based recommendations into routine clinical practice. In evaluating quality of care, the QUERI process focuses on three elements:

  • structure (provider and organizational characteristics),
  • process (providers' clinical actions toward patients), and
  • outcome (health status, economic impact, satisfaction).

QUERI is founded on the principle that practice needs determine the research agenda, and research results determine interventions that improve the quality of patient care.

Several QUERI studies have already produced significant findings that will improve patient care. To read more about these studies, please see the individual QUERI group web sites.


Specific Aims for QUERI

Crosscutting issues that pertain to all of the conditions QUERI focuses on are included in its specific aims.

  • Integrate research, clinical, operational, and policy expertise to improve health care policy.
  • Target high priority disease or health delivery issues.
  • Evaluate interventions and provide feedback to encourage best practices.
  • Develop risk-adjusted quality improvement activities for comparison with public/private health care systems.
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and create new data to inform policy decisions.
The collaborative structure and systematic approach inherent in the QUERI process encourage continuous quality improvements in all areas of health care.


What is the QUERI Process?

QUERI works with health system partners to develop a targeted agenda of research projects to speed improvements in Veterans' healthcare. QUERI utilizes a six-step process to diagnose gaps in performance and identify and implement interventions to address them.

  1. Identify priority conditions and opportunities for improving the health of Veterans.
  2. Identify effective practices for improving outcomes for priority conditions.
  3. Examine variations in existing practices, the sources of variation, and their relation to health outcomes.
  4. Identify and test interventions to improve the delivery of best practices.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility, adoption, and impact of coordinated improvement programs to spread best practices.
  6. Evaluate the effects of improvement programs on Veterans' health outcomes, including quality of life.


QUERI Organization and Oversight

The QUERI Program is part of the Health Services Research and Development program within the VA's Office of Research and Development. Amy Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Acting QUERI Director and Associate Director for Health Services Research and Development.

Oversight to the program is provided by the QUERI Research and Methodology Committee (R&M), which provides input on strategic planning for QUERI and reviews the strategic plans and annual performance of each QUERI Center. The R&M Committee includes nationally prominent researchers, network representatives, and VHA Central Office clinical program leaders.

Participants in QUERI include researchers, clinicians, and managers, with strong collaboration among several offices in VA Central Office and field operations. For example, close cooperation with the Office of Quality and Performance, Patient Care Services, and the Office of Information is essential. In addition, each QUERI Center has an Executive Committee which helps develop and update their strategic plans, review planned projects, and provides input on current issues in the health care system that are related to their specific condition.


QUERI Leadership

Amy Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H.
QUERI Director
Washington, DC

Linda McIvor, MHS, MS
QUERI Senior Program Manager
Washington, DC
(202) 461-1516


QUERI Research and Clinical Co-Chairs

Chronic Heart Failure

Paul Heidenreich, M.D.
Research Coordinator
Palo Alto, CA
tel: (650) 493-5000 x64069
e-mail: paul.heidenreich@va.gov

Barry Massie, M.D.
Clinical Coordinator
San Francisco, CA
tel: (415) 221-4810 x2691

Caroline Richardson, M.D.
co-Research Coordinator
tel: (734) 846-1211
e-mail: Caroline.Richardson@va.gov

Sarah Krein, Ph.D., RN
co-Research Coordinator
Ann Arbor, MI
tel: (734) 845-3621
email: sarah.krein@va.gov

Leonard Pogach, M.D.
co-Clinical Coordinator
tel: (973)676-1000 ext 1693
e-mail: leonard.pogach@va.gov

Susan Kirsh, M.D.
tel: 216-791-3800 ext 6201
e-mail: susan.kirsh@va.gov

Thomas Houston, M.D.
tel: (781)687-2884
e-mail: thomas.houston2@va.gov

Bonnie Wakefield
Clinical Coordinator
Iowa City, IA
tel: (319)530-2983
e-mail: bonnie.wakefeild@va.gov

Allen Gifford, M.D.
co-Research Coordinator
tel: (858) 552-8585 ext 7674
e-mail: agifford@ucsd.edu or allen.gifford@va.gov

Steven Asch, M.D., M.P.H.
co-Research Coordinator
tel: (310) 478-3711 ext 41425
e-mail: sasch@rand.org or steven.asch@va.gov

Matthew Goetz, M.D.
Clinical Coordinator
tel: (310) 268-3015
e-mail: matthew.goetz@va.gov

Ischemic Heart Disease
Christopher Bryson, M.D., M.S.,
Research Coordinator
tel: (206) 277-1770
e-mail: christopher.bryson@va.gov

P. Michael Ho, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Coordinator
tel: (303) 370-7579
e-mail: michael.ho@va.gov

Mental Health
JoAnn Kirchner, M.D.
tel: (501) 257-1719
e-mail: kirchnerjoanne@uams.edu or joann.kirchner@va.gov

Kathy Henderson, M.D.
Clinical Coordinator
tel: (501) 257-1967
e-mail: Henderson.Kathy@va.gov

Polytrauma and Blast-Related Injuries

Nina Sayer, Ph.D.
Research Coordinator
Minneapolis, MN
tel:(612) 467-4623

Joel Scholten, M.D.
co-Clinical Coordinator
tel: (202) 745-8000 ext: 5099

Steven G. Scott, DO
co-Clinical Coordinator
Tampa, FL
tel:(813) 972-7506

Spinal Cord Injury
Frances Weaver, Ph.D.
Research Coordinator
tel: (708) 202-2414 or 5866
e-mail: frances.weaver@va.gov

Barry Goldstein, M.D.
co-Clinical Coordinator
tel: (206) 768-5401 or (206) 764-2061
e-mail: barry.goldstein@va.gov

Margaret Hammond, M.D.
co-Clinical Coordinator
tel: (206) 764-2332 or (206) 768-5401
e-mail: margaret.hammond@va.gov

Linda Williams, M.D.
Research Coordinator
Indianapolis, IN
tel: (317) 554-0000 x2887
e-mail: linwilli@iupui.edu

Dawn Bravata, M.D.
co-Clinical Coordinator
West Haven, CT
tel: (203) 932-5711 x2346
e-mail: dawn.bravata@va.gov

Glenn D. Graham, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, FAAN
co-Clinical Coordinator
tel: 202-461-2224
e-mail: glenn.graham@va.gov

Substance Use Disorders
Alex Sox-Harris, Ph.D.
Menlo Park, CA
tel: 650-493-5000 ext: 23423
e-mail: alexander.harris2@va.gov

Elizabeth Gifford, PhD
Clinical Coordinator
tel: (775) 690-8458
e-mail: elizabeth.gifford@va.gov