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.

2022 Annual Report

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A commitment to improving health and health care for all

In 2022, KPWHRI continued to lead important research and collaborations to improve health and health care.

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.

Research

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Is blood pressure reading better at home or clinic?

Home blood pressure monitoring shown to be an excellent alternative for making new diagnoses of hypertension.

Recent publications

Qiu H, Cook AJ, Bobb JF. Evaluating tests for cluster-randomized trials with few clusters under generalized linear mixed models with covariate adjustment: A simulation study.  Stat Med. 2024;43(2):201-215. doi: 10.1002/sim.9950. Epub 2023 Nov 7.  PubMed

Amorim G, Tao R, Lotspeich S, Shaw PA, Lumley T, Patel RC, Shepherd BE. Three-phase generalized raking and multiple imputation estimators to address error-prone data.  Stat Med. 2024;43(2):379-394. doi: 10.1002/sim.9967. Epub 2023 Nov 21.  PubMed

Machtinger EL, Eberhart NK, Ashwood JS, Jones M, Sanchez M, Lightfoot M, Kuo A, Malika N, Leba NV, Williamson S, McCaw B. Clinic readiness for trauma-informed health care is associated with uptake of screening for adverse childhood experiences. Perm J. 2024 Jan 18:1-11. doi: 10.7812/TPP/23.085. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Jackson LA, Stapleton JT, Walter EB, Chen WH, Rouphael NG, Anderson EJ, Neuzil KM, Winokur PL, Smith MJ, Schmader KE, Swamy GK, Thompson AB, Mulligan MJ, Rostad CA, Cross K, Tsong R, Wegel A, Roberts PC. Immunogenicity and safety of varying dosages of a fifth-wave influenza A/H7N9 inactivated vaccine given with and without AS03 adjuvant in healthy adults.  Vaccine. 2024;42(2):295-309. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.12.001. Epub 2023 Dec 16.  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.