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.

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.

Year In Review

10 ways we made a healthier world in 2018

Kaiser Permanente Washington research tackled problems like obesity, suicide—and care that doesn’t promote health.

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Recent publications

Arasu VA, Miglioretti DL, Sprague B, Alsheik N, Buist D, Henderson L, Herschorn S, Lee J, Onega T, Rauscher Garth, Wernli K, Lehman C, Kerlikowske K. Population-based assessment of the effect of MRI background parenchymal enhancement on future primary breast cancer risk. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Jan 9:JCO1800378. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Sprague BL, Kerlikowske K, Bowles EJA, Rauscher GH, Lee CI, Tosteson ANA, Miglioretti DL. Trends in clinical breast density assessment from the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

McClure DL, Jacobsen SJ, Klein NP, Naleway AL, Kharbanda EO, Glanz JM, Jackson LA, Weintraub ES, McLean HQ. Similar relative risks of seizures following measles containing vaccination in children born preterm compared to full-term without previous seizures or seizure-related disorders. Vaccine. 2019;37(1):76-79. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.11.038. Epub 2018 Nov 23. PubMed

Smith-Birdman R, Miglioretti DL. International variation in radiation dose for computed tomography examinations: data from a large international radiation dose registry. British Med. J. Epub 2019 Jan 2. BMJ. 2019 Jan 2;364:k4931. 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.