About our research

Kaiser Permanente research drives the generation of knowledge to inform clinical decision-making and ensure innovation, quality, safety, and value in health care.

About our research

Kaiser Permanente research drives the generation of knowledge to inform clinical decision-making and ensure innovation, quality, safety, and value in health care.

Kaiser Permanente has a long history of conducting health services and medical research that addresses health care policy, quality of care, and quality of life. The results have yielded findings that affected not just the practice of medicine within the organization, but also for society-at-large.

For Kaiser Permanente, research is an essential part of what it means to be a learning health care organization, answering questions of quality, affordability, access, and population health. Kaiser Permanente research drives the generation of knowledge to inform clinical decision-making and ensure innovation, quality, safety, and value in health care.

Kaiser Permanente researchers address critical issues like cancer, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and health care delivery improvement by leveraging our research expertise, rich data sources, and delivery system environment.

Kaiser Foundation Research Institute provides research administration leadership and support to our research program. 

Financial conflicts of interest in public health service-funded research reported to the federal government

Transparency is the hallmark of an ethical research organization. It is therefore essential that the involvement a researcher or his/her immediate family may have with sponsors be transparent and disclosed. Compliance with federal regulations and institutional policies concerning conflicts of interest is essential.

When Kaiser Permanente determines that an investigator engaged in federally funded research has a significant financial interest, as defined in the federal regulations and our policy, and that this significant financial interest meets the definition of a financial conflict of interest, or FCOI, details of the FCOI are reported to the federal government. In addition, certain details are made available to the general public.

The following are details of FCOIs that Kaiser Permanente has reported to the federal government. Questions may be directed to Kaiser Permanente’s National Compliance  Research Support Program at NCRSP@kp.org.

The information provided is current as of October 26, 2021, and is subject to updates on at least an annual basis and within 60 days of the institution's identification of a new financial conflict of interest.

Investigator's name  Sona Dimidjian 
Investigator's title and role Subrecipient investigator, University of Colorado Boulder
Entity in which the SFI is held MindfulNoggin
Nature of the SFI Equity interest: Non-publically traded entity
Dollar range of the SFI $100,000 to $150,000


Research fast facts

9

Research centers

$155M

Federally funded research in 2021

$102M

Kaiser Permanente support for research in 2021

$68M

Other funded research in 2021

1,730

Studies (excluding clinical trials) underway in 2021

670

Clinical trials underway in 2021

180

Full-time researchers

1,770

Research support staff

1,990

Publications in 2021

All figures refer to research conducted at the regional research centers and the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, with the exception of clinical trials and publications, which reflect work conducted more broadly across Kaiser Permanente.