Thomas Bertrand is a second-year M.Sc. student in the department of Family Medicine at McGill University. Funded by the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, his graduate research focuses on improving patient-oriented imaging technologies in cardiovascular diagnostic radiology. Thomas has a 7-year research background, and he completed a Bachelor in Honours Applied Psychology from Bishop’s University and a minor in Sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
With the conviction that patients should hold an active role in their health care, Thomas is interested in improving patient-centric care in innovative ways. A choice-based conjoint analysis will allow to elicit patients’ and referring physicians’ stated preferences for various attributes of available cardiovascular imaging tests used for diagnosing coronary artery disease, including novel imaging techniques, cost, and potential risks. Thomas’ research is expected to contribute to the understanding of respondents’ preferences in relation to the choice of cardiac diagnostic tests by quantifying the utilities and trade-offs of imaging alternatives from the patients’ and physicians’ perspective to better guide clinical practice. Ultimately, this knowledge can be used to promote the engineering of patient-oriented technologies in cardiac imaging, while encouraging policy-makers to support the development of clinically favored techniques.