Our Research

Science to serve one goal: Better health

Scientists at Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) 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 Group Health’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.


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 Group Health'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 GHRI 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 Group Health.  

See our list of funders. 

Recent publications

Henrikson NB, Tuzzio L, Gilkey MB, McRee AL. "You're never really off time": healthcare providers' interpretations of optimal timing for HPV vaccination. Prev Med Rep.doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.05.002. [Epub ahead of print].

Barbarin AM, Klasnja P, Veinot TC. Good or bad, ups and downs, and getting better: use of personal health data for temporal reflection in chronic illness. Int J Med Inform. 2016;94:237-45. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.06.011. Epub 2016 Jun 23. PubMed

Cavanaugh AM, LaCroix AZ, Kritz-Silverstein D, Rillamas-Sun E, Rifkin DE. Kidney function and disability-free survival in older women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Sep 21. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14433 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Miglioretti DL, Lee CI. Radiation-induced breast cancer. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(6):452. doi: 10.7326/L16-0364. PubMed

Collaborate with us

GHRI oversees all research conducted at Group Health, ensuring that all studies involving Group Health members are aligned with the organization’s primary mission: to improve health.  Researchers from outside Group Health can learn more about our processes for collaborating with GHRI faculty members.