Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Fellow



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Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Patrick Kierkegaard is a Research Fellow specializing in Dissemination & Implementation Science. He is interested in supporting the development, implementation, and dissemination of cutting-edge diagnostics and testing services to facilitate the early detection & diagnosis of cancer.

Most of his work applies social science methods to explore issues related to the implementation and utilization of medical technologies as well as the planning, organization, and structuring of healthcare delivery services. He is committed to using this work to make the healthcare system more patient-centered, reduce healthcare disparities, and improve the fit between new medical technologies, patients, and healthcare professionals. 

Dr Kierkegaard is a member of the Cancer Research UK Convergence Science Centre, which brings together leading researchers in engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine to develop innovative ways to address challenges in cancer. He is also a member of the NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative, a centre which aims to generate evidence to support diagnostic test development and translation.

Prior to joining Imperial College London, Dr Kierkegaard worked at the University of Michigan, where he examined the mechanisms underpinning clinical decision-making and physician social networks in secondary care settings. He holds a doctorate from the University of Copenhagen with a specialization in health informatics (digital health).

Research Interests

  • Implementation science
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Design Thinking
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Applied health services research



Kierkegaard P, Hicks T, Allen AJ, et al., 2021, Strategies to implement SARS-CoV-2 point-of-care testing into primary care settings: a qualitative secondary analysis guided by the Behaviour Change Wheel., Implement Science Communications, Vol:2, ISSN:2662-2211, Pages:1-20

Micocci M, Buckle P, Hayward G, et al., 2021, Point of care testing using rapid automated antigen testing for SARS-COV-2 in care homes - an exploratory safety, usability and diagnostic agreement evaluation, Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, Vol:26, ISSN:2516-0435, Pages:243-250

Tulloch JSP, Micocci M, Buckle P, et al., 2021, Enhanced lateral flow testing strategies in care homes are associated with poor adherence and were insufficient to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks: results from a mixed methods implementation study, Age and Ageing, Vol:50, ISSN:0002-0729, Pages:1868-1875

Kierkegaard P, Micocci M, McLister A, et al., 2021, Implementing lateral flow devices in long-term care facilities: experiences from the Liverpool COVID-19 community testing pilot in care homes- a qualitative study, Bmc Health Services Research, Vol:21, ISSN:1472-6963

Buckle P, Micocci M, Tulloch J, et al., 2021, COVID-19 point-of-care testing in care homes: what are the lessons for policy and practice?, Age and Ageing, Vol:50, ISSN:0002-0729, Pages:1442-1444

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