Our Research

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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

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Working in the public interest

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

See our KPWHRI researcher directory.

Suicide prevention

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Most mental health patients answer firearm question

Study shows patients will usually answer a question about firearm access, providing key information for suicide prevention.

Co-designing with patients

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Patient collaboration sparks care innovations

By partnering with patients, KPWHRI researchers developed 2 new interventions to boost lung cancer screening.

Funding sources

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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. About 5 percent of our budget comes from Kaiser Permanente Washington.

See our list of funders.

New funding

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Grant of over $55M to boost Alzheimer’s, dementia study

Kaiser Permanente Washington will co-lead an expanded ACT Program to better understand the aging brain.

Research

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COVID-19 pandemic research at KPWHRI

Having long tracked infectious diseases and tested vaccines, KPWHRI now focuses on the novel coronavirus.

Recent publications

Tuzzio L, O'Meara ES, Holden E, Parchman ML, Ralston JD, Powell JA, Baldwin LM. Barriers to implementing cardiovascular risk calculation in primary care: alignment with the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research. Am J Prev Med. 2021 Feb;60(2):250-257. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.07.027. Epub 2020 Dec 3. PubMed

Richesson RL, Marsolo KS, Douthit BJ, Staman K, Ho PM, Dailey D, Boyd AD, McTigue KM, Ezenwa MO, Schlaeger JM, Patil CL, Faurot KR, Tuzzio L, Larson EB, O'Brien EC, Zigler CK, Lakin JR, Pressman AR, Braciszewski JM, Grudzen C, Fiol GD. Enhancing the use of EHR systems for pragmatic embedded research: lessons from the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 Oct 1:ocab202. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocab202. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Steel TL, Bradley KA. Improving care for inpatient alcohol withdrawal syndrome: addressing the lack of rigorous research on a common condition Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 Oct;18(10):1622-1623. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202105-591ED. PubMed

Baldwin LM, Coronado GD, West II, Schwartz MR, Meenan RT, Vollmer WM, Petrik AF, Shapiro JA, Kulkarni-Sharma YR, Green BB. Health plan-based mailed fecal testing for colorectal cancer screening among dual-eligible Medicaid/Medicare enrollees: Outcomes of 2 program models. Cancer. 2021 Sep 29. doi: 10.1002/cncr.33909. Online ahead of print. PubMed


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.