Quality improvement (QI) has a high priority in health care. Many countries have also started programs to develop patient safety. Process and indicator development, bench marking and implementation of changes are the essence in quality development work, where many are involved. EQuiP wants to support training of researchers in this specific field by organizing international courses.
In the early 1990s, for several years, EQuiP organized a Summer School on Quality Improvement in Primary Care for young professionals. These Summer Schools were organized for EQuiP by the Universities of Maastricht and Nijmegen in the Netherlands and were very successful.
In 2008, EQuiP decided to restart this initiative with the emphasis on Research in Quality Improvement. There is a need in several countries within the EQuiP family. The new tradition of summer courses, organised in different countries and on different locations, as to ensure people to have an easy access, started off successfully in Tuusula, Finland in 2009. The rest is history.