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 Group Health’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.


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. Our clinical associates help facilitate work within Kaiser Permanente Washington's own care-delivery system and health plan.

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.

Recent publications

Trister AD, Buist DM, Lee CI. Will machine learning tip the balance in breast cancer screening? JAMA Oncology.doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.0473.

Barclay RP, Penfold RB, Sullivan D, Boydston L, Wignall J, Hilt RJ. Decrease in statewide antipsychotic prescribing after implementation of child and adolescent psychiatry consultation services. Health Serv Res. 2017 Apr;52(2):561-578. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12539. PubMed

Tchesnokova V, Avagyan H, Rechkina E, Chan D, Muradova M, Haile HG, Radey M, Weissman S, Riddell K, Scholes D, Johnson JR, Sokurenko EV. Bacterial clonal diagnostics as a tool for evidence-based empiric antibiotic selection. PLoS One. 2017 Mar 28;12(3):e0174132. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174132. eCollection 2017. PubMed

US Preventive Services Task Force, Bibbins-Domingo K, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Barry MJ, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Ebell M, Epling JW Jr, Herzstein J, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Phipps MG, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW. Screening for celiac disease: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2017 Mar 28;317(12):1252-1257. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.1462. 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.