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.


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 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

Banegas MP, John EM, Slattery ML, Gomez SL, Yu M, LaCroix AZ, Pee D, Chlebowski RT, Hines LM, Thompson CA, Gail MH. Projecting individualized absolute invasive breast cancer risk in US Hispanic women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2016 Dec 20;109(2). pii: djw215. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djw215. Print 2017. PubMed

Bensley KM, Harris AH, Gupta S, Rubinsky AD, Jones-Webb R, Glass JE, Williams EC. Racial/ethnic differences in initiation of and engagement with addictions treatment among patients with alcohol use disorders in the Veterans Health Administration. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017;73:27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2016.11.001. Epub 2016 Nov 11. PubMed

Bensley KM, Harris AH, Gupta S, Rubinsky AD, Jones-Webb R, Glass JE, Williams EC. Racial/ethnic differences in initiation of and engagement with addictions treatment among patients with alcohol use disorders in the Veterans Health Administration. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017;73:27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2016.11.001. Epub 2016 Nov 11. PubMed

Carter-Harris L, Brandzel S, Wernli KJ, Roth J, Buist D. A qualitative study exploring why individuals opt out of lung cancer screening. Fam Pract. 2017 Jan 24. pii: cmw146. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmw146. [Epub ahead of print]. 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.