Research

At Kaiser Permanente, our research guides our clinicians' practice patterns and further optimizes the health and medical care of our members. It also contributes to the wealth of medical knowledge worldwide.

Why, in 2013 alone, Kaiser Permanente invested $29.6 million in medical research development and saw 1,169 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Kaiser Permanente has eight established research centers located across the country, each of which conducts epidemiological studies, clinical trials, post-marketing studies, and health services research.

  • Center for Health Research (Oregon, Hawaii, and Georgia)
  • Department of Research and Evaluation (Pasadena, California)
  • Department of Research Clinical Reporting and Analysis (Rockville, Maryland)
  • Division of Research (Oakland, California)
  • Institute for Health Research (Denver, Colorado)

In addition to studies centered at these facilities, our physicians and researchers conduct clinical trials of new drugs, medical devices, and other therapies through several organized centers and independently at single sites. Put together, Kaiser Permanente's research centers and scientists compose one of the largest and most comprehensive nonacademic research programs in the United States.

Our research centers are staffed with trained and experienced research personnel, and possess the expertise and infrastructure to support different kinds of research being conducted. Our researchers have access to comprehensive services such as research staffing assistance, regulatory affairs and compliance support, quality systems development, pre- and post-audit assistance, bioanalytic and data management support, integrated clinical trials management system, institutional review board, grants and finance, protocol and/or study documents development and review, study feasibility assessment, and community benefits funding, among others.

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