Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Associate in Human Factors



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Patrick Kierkegaard is a researcher with an area of interest in healthcare delivery sciences and health-related technologies. Most of his work applies social science methods to explore issues related to the adoption, utilization, and policy issues of medical technologies as well as the planning, organization, and structuring of health care delivery.

He is committed to using this work to make the healthcare system more patient-centered, reduce healthcare disparities, and improve the fit between technologies and the work done by both healthcare professionals and patients. 

Prior to joining Imperial College London, Patrick worked at the University of Michigan, where he researched clinical decision-making and referral networks in secondary care settings. He holds a doctorate from the University of Copenhagen with a specialization in health information technologies (digital health).

Research Interests

  • Health services research
  • Health-related technologies
  • Medical Ethnography
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Qualitative Social Networks



Kierkegaard P, Owen-Smith J, 2021, Determinants of physician networks: an ethnographic study examining the processes that inform patterns of collaboration and referral decision-making among physicians, Bmj Open, Vol:11, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:e042334-e042334

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