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 members work on interdisciplinary research teams, conducting about 300 studies at any given time. We collaborate with affiliate researchers and others from leading academic institutions and health systems. 

We share our findings freely in the public domain, so that health care organizations everywhere can use our research 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 gun injury and death, says Dr. David Grossman. Kaiser Permanente is showing how.

Do drugs cause falls for adults with dementia?

Researchers find a relationship between prescribed central nervous system-active medications and increased risk of falling among older people with dementia.

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

How best to affordably train caregivers of people with dementia

Dr. Rob Penfold leads a pragmatic trial of a new online version of a proven program developed by colleagues at the University of Washington.

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.

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

video

Discussing patients’ concerns about cost of care

Nora Henrikson discusses her latest research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in May 2019.


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.