0BJECTIVES: As inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic disorder, usually with an early onset in life, quality of care plays an important role for patients. The aim of this study was to develop a questionnaire to measure quality of care through the eyes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS: Ten generic questions were already available because the questionnaire is based on an existing instrument. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease in seven countries were involved in the development of additional disease-specific items. Validation and first field testing of the total questionnaire (QUOTE-IBD) was performed in The Netherlands. RESULTS: A total of 380 patients cooperated in the development of 13 disease-specific items, with high internal reliability (Cronbach's α = 0.83). Another 162 patients were involved in validating and testing of the QUOTE-IBD, which consists of 23 items in total. Pearson's correlation coefficient between QUOTE-IBD and visual analog scale scores of health care items was 0.55. Intraclass correlation coefficient of two assessments was 0.64. First testing showed that patients gave relatively poor marks to some part of health care services, such as providing information about extraintestinal complaints and the psychological as well as physical approach to complaints. CONCLUSIONS: A short, valid, reliable questionnaire was developed to measure the opinions of patients with inflammatory bowel disease on quality of health care. The QUOTE-IBD can be used for identification of areas for improvement, with the aim of optimizing health care in inflammatory bowel disease.