QUERI – Quality Enhancement Research Initiative

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About the QUERI Program

What is QUERI?

The goal of VA's Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) is to improve the health and care of Veterans. In order to accomplish this goal, QUERI supports the application of critical evidence into practice.

QUERI applies innovative strategies to more rapidly implement effective treatments and other evidence-based system improvements in routine care, and evaluating the results of those efforts.

Since 1998, QUERI has been committed to ensuring that research gets used effectively by VA providers and leaders to ultimately sustain care improvements for veterans and beyond.

QUERI Mission

The overall mission of QUERI is to improve the health of Veterans by supporting the more rapid implementation of effective clinical practices into routine care.

QUERI Vision

As the essential engine for promoting a successful learning healthcare organization, QUERI is the model for deploying innovative and rigorous implementation science that supports VA's mission to improve Veteran care.


Serving as a trusted partner to providers and clinical leadership, QUERI applies a comprehensive knowledge of evidence-based care and innovative implementation science to support providers and clinical leaders in the adoption of research findings into clinical practice. QUERI investigators ask crucial questions regarding the intended and unintended impacts of implementing new treatments or programs – and the best strategies for speeding their adoption into practice. QUERI's critical role in achieving the vision of a learning healthcare system will help leaders and providers exemplify the core VA values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Responsibility, and Excellence (I CARE) in treatment delivery.

How is QUERI Making an Impact in the VA Healthcare System?

The VA healthcare system is undergoing an unprecedented reorganization, notably with the Veteran's Choice Act and MyVA initiative. QUERI is helping with VA transformational efforts through the accomplishment of three major goals:  

  • Rapidly translate research findings and evidence-based treatments into clinical practice;
  • Increase the impact of VA research findings through bi-directional partnership, rigorous evaluation, and communication; and
  • Make VA a national leader in promoting a learning healthcare organization through innovative implementation science.