Our Research

Science to serve one goal: Better health

Scientists at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) have a rare advantage: We work within a system that provides both care and coverage. With a 360-degree view of people’s everyday health experience over time, we discover what works best to serve Kaiser Permanente's mission: Better health.  

We collaborate closely with Kaiser Permanente Washington's medical staff and other providers—gaining from their perspectives on practical approaches to health care’s toughest problems. Together, we create a learning health care system—a place where research strengthens practice and practice strengthen research.

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Scientists

Working in the public interest

Our faculty work on interdisciplinary research teams, conducting about 300 studies at any given time. They collaborate with affiliate researchers and others from leading academic institutions and health systems and share their findings freely in the public domain to serve the public good.

See our KPWHRI researcher directory.

healthy findings blog

Preventing firearm injury and death: A priority for care providers and researchers

Health care systems, hospitals, and researchers have a role in preventing harm from guns, says Dr. David Grossman. Kaiser Permanente is showing how.

committed to diversity

Washington state members begin joining the KP research biobank

KPWHRI will be launching a phone-based recruitment pilot project in May that aims to achieve higher recruitment of people of color.

Funding sources

A broad base of support

Most of our support comes from federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health. We also contract with biomedical companies and receive grants from private foundations, including the Group Health Foundation. About 5 percent of our budget comes from Kaiser Permanente Washington.

See our list of funders.

recent news

Top pediatrician-scientist chosen as next head of KPWHRI

Dr. Rita Mangione-Smith brings expertise in quality improvement and health systems from leadership posts at Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine.

video

How can providers have better conversations about cost of care with patients?

Nora Henrikson talks about her paper in Annals of Internal Medicine, exploring more effective ways for clinical teams to discuss cost with cancer patients.

Recent publications

Breen N, Skinner CS, Zheng Y, Inrig S, Corley DA, Beaber EF, Garcia M, Chubak J, Doubeni C, Quinn VP, Haas JS, Li CI, Wernli KJ, Klabunde CN; PROSPR consortium. Time to follow-up after colorectal cancer screening by health insurance type. Am J Prev Med. 2019 May;56(5):e143-e152. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.01.005. PubMed

Otte JL, Bakoyannis G, Rand KL, Ensrud KE, Guthrie KA, Joffe H, McCurry SM, Newton KM, Carpenter JS. Confirmatory factor analysis of the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and invariance across race: a pooled analysis of MsFLASH data. Menopause. 2019 Apr 15. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001343. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Feigelson HS, Caan B, Weinmann S, Leonard AC, Powers JD, Yenumula PR, Arterburn DE, Koebnick C, Altaye M, Schauer DP. Bariatric surgery is associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Ann Surg. 2019 Apr 13. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003331. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Feigelson HS, Caan B, Weinmann S, Leonard AC, Powers JD, Yenumula PR, Arterburn DE, Koebnick C, Altaye M, Schauer DP. Bariatric surgery is associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Ann Surg. 2019 Apr 13. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003331. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Research findings

Breast MRI after cancer may lead to unneeded biopsies

A Kaiser Permanente-led BCSC study is among the largest to evaluate adding MRI surveillance for breast cancer survivors.


Collaborate with us

KPWHRI oversees all research conducted at Kaiser Permanente Washington, ensuring that all studies involving Kaiser Permanente Washington members are aligned with the organization’s primary mission: to improve health.  Researchers from outside Kaiser Permanente Washington can learn more about our processes for collaborating with KPWHRI faculty members.