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What is QResearch?

  • QResearch ( is a large medical research database consisting of the anonymised health records of over 25 million people from 1500 general practices spread throughout the UK
  • It is jointly owned by the University of Nottingham and EMIS Health (leading commercial supplier of GP computer systems in over 55% of GP practices)
  • Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox is the Director of QResearch at the University and co-ordinates access to the database for research
  • The purpose of the database is to make electronic records available for research to improve patient health and health care
  • The QResearch database has been linked to Hospital Episode Statistics, Mortality and Cancer Registration data
  • It is the largest medical research database in the UK and one of the largest medical databases worldwide. It has been used extensively for research since it was set up in 2002. 

How can QResearch help University of Nottingham researchers?

  • Academic researchers interested in using QResearch for research projects can find more information here including the application form
  • QResearch will either supply datasets for projects for other teams to analyse or where appropriate, will collaborate on research projects (subject to resources and capacity)
  • QResearch will provide letters of support for grant applications as funding is required to cover access costs.






Primary Care Epidemiology

The University of Nottingham
School of Medicine, Tower Building
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6915