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Benoit TOUSIGNANT

Benoit Tousignant

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Professeur agrégé

École d'optométrie

Pavillon 3744, rue Jean-Brillant office 190-82

benoit.tousignant@umontreal.ca

514 343-6111 #31538

Professeur agrégé

École de santé publique - Département de médecine sociale et préventive

benoit.tousignant@umontreal.ca

Biography

Dr. Benoit Tousignant is an Associate Professor at the University of Montreal (UM) School of Optometry and its School of Public health.  He obtained his OD degree in 2000 (UM), followed by a residency in Primary eye care from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (2001), a Master of Science in Visual Science (MSc, 2005) and a Master in Public Health degree from Harvard University (MPH, 2008).  He practices full-scope optometry with Indigenous and carceral populations. He heads Regard collectif, UM’s mobile outreach eye clinic which delivers eye care to the Montreal homeless, while educating optometry students and conducting public health research on this population. 

He also has experience and interest in developing sustainable eye health systems in developing countries and in remote communities. His research interests include ophthalmic epidemiology, eye care for marginalized populations, global health and human resources in health. 

Languages ​​spoken: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Quebec Sign Language (LSQ)

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Affiliations

  • Responsable – Regard collectif – la Clinique mobile de l’École d’optométrie de l’Université de Montréal
  • Membre – RRSV — Réseau de recherche en santé de la vision
  • Membre – GRSV — Groupe de recherche en sciences de la vision

Education Programs

  • Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences

Courses

  • OPM4052 Compétences professionnelles en optométrie 4.2
  • OPM4655 Optométrie gériatrique
  • OPM4660 Atelier préclinique en optométrie spécialisée
  • OPM4765 Stage en optométrie de première ligne A5
  • OPM51512 Discussions cliniques en optométrie 5.2
  • OPM6024A Séminaires cliniques 1
  • OPM6024B Séminaires cliniques 2
  • OPM6024C Séminaires cliniques 3
  • OPM6025A Stage - Optométrie contemporaine 1.0
  • OPM6036 Enjeux d’optométrie communautaire et mondiale
  • OPM6040B Optométrie contemporaine 1.2

Expertises

Responsabilities and outreach Expand all Collapse all

Responsabilités administratives
Titres : corporations et organismes professionnels

Research projects Expand all Collapse all

Inter-vieillissement+ : un dépôt d’objets pédagogiques numériques innovant pour former les professionnels de la santé et des services sociaux au défi du vieillissement de la population d’aujourd’hui et de demain Projet de recherche au Canada / 2021 - 2022

Lead researcher : Jean Ignace Olazabal , Véronique Dubé
Co-researchers : Julie Gosselin , Athéna Papadakis , Benoit Tousignant , Louise Papillon-Ferland , Maryse Soulières
Funding sources: Université de Montréal
Grant programs:

Eye health services and refractive error among Nunavik Inuit Projet de recherche au Canada / 2018 - 2019

Lead researcher : Benoit Tousignant
Co-researchers : Julie Brûlé
Funding sources: Association canadienne des optométristes/Canadian Association of Optometrists
Grant programs:

Publications Expand all Collapse all

Publications de recherche, revues avec de comité de lecture

  • Goodman, L., Black, J., Tousignant, B., Keay, L., Misra, S., Woodburn, S., Ramke, J. Primary eye health services for older adults as a component of universal health coverage: A scoping review of evidence from high income countries? A scoping review (soumis à The Lancet Western Pacific, Feb 2022)
  • Etty MC, Michaelsen S, Yelle B, Beaulieu K, Jacques P, Ettaleb S, Samaha D, Tousignant B, Druetz T. Social Determinants of Health and Visual Impairment in a Homeless Population in the Montreal Area (soumis à International Journal for Equity in Health)
  • Ramke J et al. Grand Challenges in global eye health: a global prioritisation process using Delphi method. Lancet Healthy Longev. 2022 Jan;3(1):e31-e41. doi: 10.1016/S2666-7568(21)00302-0. PMID: 35028632; PMCID: PMC8732284.
  • Blais N, Tousignant B, Hanssens JM. Tele-refraction in tele-eye care settings. Clin Exp Optom. 2022 Jan 30:1-9. doi: 10.1080/08164622.2021.2009736. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35094668.
  • Yelle B, Beaulieu K, Etty M, Michaelson S, Druetz T, Samaha D, Tousignant B. The prevalence and causes of visual impairment among the homeless population of Montreal, Canada. (in press Jan 2022) Clinical and Experimental Optometry
  • Tousignant B, Brûlé J. Refractive error, risk of amblyopia and eye care services utilisation among Nunavik Inuit in Northern Canada, Clinical and Experimental Optometry 2021, DOI: 10.1080/08164622.2021.1993057
  • Tousignant B, Brûlé J. Prévalence de pathologie oculaire et de déficience visuelle à Saint-Louis, Sénégal. Med Sante Trop. 2021 (accepté 14 juin 2021)
  • Tousignant, B., Coulibaly, D., Brûlé, J., & Gresset, J. (2021). Corps étrangers oculaires : évolution des rôles professionnels et des coûts pour le régime de santé public du Québec. Canadian Journal of Optometry, 83(2), 17-24. https://doi.org/10.15353/cjo.v83i2.4026
  • Proulx V, Tousignant B. Drugs of abuse and ocular effects. Clin Exp Optom. 2021 Mar 15:1-12. doi: 10.1080/08164622.2021.1878852. PMID: 33722158.
  • Tousignant B, Pearce MG, Brûlé J, Sikivou B, Nicholls G.  State of the eye health system in the Pacific: is medical technology available and used by mid-level eye care workers? Rural and Remote Health 2020; 20: 5109.
  • Tousignant B, Garceau MC, Bouffard-Saint-Pierre N, Bellemare MM, Hanssens JM. Comparing the Netra smartphone refractor to subjective refraction. Clin Exp Optom. 2019 Nov 26. doi: 10.1111/cxo.13003.
  • Delpero WT, Robinson BE, Gardiner JA, Nasmith L, Rowan-Legg A, Tousignant B. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the periodic eye examination in children aged 0–5 years in Canada. Can J Ophthalmol. 2019 Dec;54(6):751-759.  Co-published in Can J of Optom; 2019 Dec;81(4)
  • Hudson C, Leong D, Loewen E, MacDonald D, Mandadakis K, Smit H, Tousignant B. Clinical Practice Guideline: Optometric Care of the Patient with Diabetes. Canadian Journal of Optometry vol 79, supp 2, 2017
  • Tousignant, B. Optometric management of a third nerve palsy in a prison setting. Canadian Journal of Optometry vol 79 no 3., Sept. 2017
  • Brûlé J, Tousignant B, Nicholls G, Pearce MG. An in-country model of workforce support for trained mid-level eye care workers in Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2017 Aug 11;130(1460):83-86.
  • Tousignant B, Brûlé J. Prévalence de pathologie oculaire et de déficience visuelle à l'Île de la Gonâve, Haïti.  Med Sante Trop. 2017 Aug 1;27(3):326-328.
  • Brulé J, Tousignant B, Marcotte S, Moreau MC. Smoking and the eye: what Québec teenagers know and fear. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, April 201

Publications de recherche, revues sans comité de lecture

  • Khoury M, Tousignant B. Guide de pratique: l’examen oculovisuel de la personne avec trouble neurocognitif majeur.  Ordre des optométristes du Québec, décembre 2021
  • Goodman, L., Black, J., Tousignant, B., Keay, L., Misra, S., Woodburn, S., … Ramke, J. (2020, October 31). How should New Zealand implement the “Eye Health Check” for older adults to maximise the potential to reduce vision impairment? Protocol for a Rapid Review. Disponible au www.osf.io/rpgt2
  • Althot C, Paré M, Bouchard JF, Tousignant B. Combien coûtent les thérapies oculaires les plus fréquemment prescrites par les optométristes québécois? L’Optométriste, Association des optométristes du Québec (Dec 2019)
  • Tousignant B. Clinique mobile Regard Collectif de l’École d’optométrie: améliorer et étudier la santé oculovisuelle des itinérants montréalais.  L’Optométriste, Association des optométristes du Québec, sept 2018
  • Tousignant B, Dalton K. Canadian contributions to American Academy of Optometry 2017. Canadian Journal of Optometry (juin 2018).
  • Dalton K, Tousignant B. Magical Moments in Anaheim - Canadian contributions to American Academy of Optometry 2016. Canadian Journal of Optometry (avril 2018)

Communications Expand all Collapse all

  • Tousignant B, Chatillon A, Philibert A, Da Silva J, Khoury M, Filion M, Mergler D. Visual characteristics of adults with long-standing history of exposure to mercury in Grassy Narrows First Nation, Canada. Oral presentation, American Academy of Optometry, San Diego USA, Octobre 2022
  • Small V, Nieuwenhof A, Renaud J, Tousignant B. Perception and attitudes of optometry students towards the homeless: impact of targeted theoretical and clinical training. Posterpresentation, American Academy of Optometry, San Diego USA, Octobre 2022
  • Messier A., Barré V., Faucher C., Tousignant B. Barriers and facilitators to eye care for homeless adults in Montreal, Canada.  Posterpresentation, American Academy of Optometry, San Diego USA, Octobre 2022
  • Jacques P, Ettaleb S, Druetz T, Etty MC, Tousignant B. Visual impairment, refractive error, ocular disease and eye care utilization among homeless women in Montreal, Canada. Oral presentation, American Academy of Optometry, Boston USA, Octobre 2021
  • Beaulieu K, Yelle B, Etty MC, Michaelsen S, Druetz T, Samaha D, Tousignant B.  The prevalence and causes of visual impairment among the homeless population of Montreal, Canada. Poster presentation, American Academy of Optometry, (congrès virtuel), USA, Octobre 2020
  • Olazabal JI, Dubé V, Leroux T, Brodeur C, Mallet L, Tousignant B, Billeau S, Ménard A, Bolduc A. An inter-professional competency framework for health and social services’ personnel working with seniors and their caregivers: a new challenge in improving quality in the health and social services in the province of Quebec (Canada) International Congress in ageing communities development challenges, Castelo Branco, Portugal, November 2019
  • Di Meglio-Lemieux V, Généreux-de Guise C, Brule J, Tousignant B. Musculoskeletal Disorders among Optometrists and the Level of Risk of Musculoskeletal Injuries Associated with Optometric Techniques. Poster presentation, American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, USA, October 2019
  • Brule J, Tousignant B. Prevalence of Visual Impairment and Eye Disease in Canete, Peru. Poster presentation, American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, USA, October 2019
  • Morin-Houde C, Larouche A, Renaud J, Tousignant B. Home-based Primary Eye Care Services: Interest and Barriers among Optometrists in Quebec Poster presentation, American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, USA, October 2019
  • Nardy, E, Bilotto L, Ho SM, Tousignant B. Challenges in the Implementation of the First French School of Optometry in the Caribbean Haiti , Poster presentation, American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, USA, October 2019
  • Tousignant B. Eye Health Services and Refractive Error among Nunavik Inuit. Poster presentation, American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, USA, October 2019
  • Tousignant, B. Eye care for the homeless: first year of data from a mobile teaching clinic. Poster présenté à 6e Journée annuelle du Réseau-1 Québec, 13 juin 2019.
  • Tousignant, B. Eye care for the homeless: first year of data from a mobile teaching clinic. American Academy of Optometry. novembre 2018, San Antonio, USA, affiche #185204
  • Hanssens JM, Descôteaux C, Richard D, Tousignant B. Ordering spectacles online : how good are patients at taking measurements? American Academy of Optometry novembre 2018, San Antonio, USA. affiiche #185542
  • Hanssens JM, Bouffard St-Pierre N, Garceau MC, Bellemare MM, Tousignant B. Comparing a new subjective self-refractive method to a conventional measure of refractive errors. American Academy of Optometry, novembre 2018, San Antonio, USA. affiiche #185237
  • Charlebois A, Tousignant B, Messier C, Hanssens JM. Do visual acuity systems respect standards for illumination, luminance and contrast?. American Academy of Optometry novembre 2018, San Antonio, USA. affiiche #185345
  • Tousignant B. Prevalence of visual impairment and eye disease in Miragoâne, Haïti.  Présentation par affiche, Congrès de l’Association canadienne en optométrie, Ottawa, juin 2017.

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Benoît Tousignant - Prix engagement 2013

Benoit Tousignant - Prix d’excellence en enseignement 2018

Regard collectif à la Maison du Père

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