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.

Top stories

Top 10 stories of our science from 2017

Efforts to improve flu prediction, vaccine awareness, cancer screening, and back pain treatment were among KPWHRI’s most compelling stories last year. 

Read it in News and Events.

Recent publications

Mandelblatt JS, Near AM, Miglioretti DL, Munoz D, Sprague BL,Trentham-Dietz A, Gangnon R, Kurian AW, Weedon-Fekjaer H, Cronin KA,Plevritis SK. Common model inputs used in CISNET collaborative breast cancer modeling. Med Decis Making. 2018 Apr;38(1_suppl):9S-23S. doi: 10.1177/0272989X17700624. PubMed

McClure JB, Bush T, Anderson ML, Blasi P, Thompson E, Nelson J, Catz SL. Oral health promotion and smoking cessation program delivered via tobacco quitlines: the Oral Health 4 Life trial. Am J Public Health. 2018 Mar 22:e1-e7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304279. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Blasi PR, Nguyen M, Shibuya KC, Patnode CD. Behavioral counseling for skin cancer prevention: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2018;319(11):1143-1157. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.21630. PubMed

US Preventive Services Task Force, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Owens DK, Barry MJ, Caughey AB, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kubik M, Landefeld S, Mangione CM, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW. Behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2018 Mar 20;319(11):1134-1142. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.1623. 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.