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Patsy Pui Hing CHAU

Dr Patsy Chau is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Sau Po Centre on Ageing under the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. She received her BSocSc(Stat) in 2000 and PhD in 2005 from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science of The University of Hong Kong. Also, she is one of the CADENZA Fellows trained by the CADENZA Leadership Programme which nurtures future academic leaders in gerontology. She joined The University of Hong Kong as Research Assistant Professor for the project entitled CADENZA: A Jockey Club Initiative for Seniors in the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2007 and joined the School of Nursing as Assistant Professor in 2012. She has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Age and Ageing, European Journal of Public Health, and Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Her research interests include applying statistics in the fields of gerontology, public health, and epidemiology. She is experienced in statistical analyses of large databases. She published a series of studies on the association between extreme weather and the well-being of older adults. These articles enrich the literature on the adverse effect of extreme weather in a city with subtropical climate; and the findings inform different prevention strategies in the region. 

Besides, she has been involved in designing, planning and implementing surveys, such as examining the level of knowledge of heart attack symptoms and inappropriate anticipated treatment-seeking behaviour among older Chinese. Furthermore, she translated the survey findings into practice. For example, she developed a health education video to promote awareness of heart attack symptoms among the older adults in Hong Kong.

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)

Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU

Detecting salt-sensitivity of blood pressure using cold pressor test among older adults


Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU

A pilot randomized controlled trial to reduce salt intake among young adults in Hong Kong


Early Career Scheme (ECS)

A study on acute myocardial infarction symptoms awareness and expected treatment seeking behaviour among older Chinese in Hong Kong


Health and Medical Research Fund

The impact of climate change on elderly suicide deaths in Hong Kong and implications to suicide prevention



1.    Chau PH, Ngai HHY, Leung AYM, Li SF, Yeung LOY, Tan-Un KC. (2017) Preference of food saltiness and willingness to consume low-sodium content food in a Chinese population. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 21(1): 3-10.

2.    Chau PH, Leung AYM, Li HLH, Sea M, Chan R, Woo J. (2015) Development and validation of Chinese Health Literacy Scale for Low Salt Consumption - Hong Kong population (CHLSalt-HK). PLoS One, 10(7): e0132303.

3.    Chau PH, Woo J. (2015) The trends in excess mortality in winter vs summer in a sub-tropical city and its association with extreme climate conditions. PLoS One, 10(5): e0126774.

4.    Chau PH, Gusmano MK, Cheng JOY, Cheung SH, Woo J. (2014) Social vulnerability index for the older people —Hong Kong and New York City as examples. Journal of Urban Health, 91(6): 1048-1064.

5.    Chau PH, Wong M, Woo J. (2014) Ischemic heart disease hospitalization among older people in a subtropical city — Hong Kong: Does winter have a greater impact than summer? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(4): 3845-3858.

6.    Chau PH, Tang MWS, Yeung F, Chan TW, Cheng JOY, Woo J. (2014) Can short-term residential care for stroke rehabilitation help to reduce the institutionalization of stroke survivors? Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging, 2014(9): 283-291.

7.    Chau PH, Yeung F, Chan TW and Woo J. (2013) A quasi-experimental study on a new service option of short-term residential care for older stroke patients. Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging, 2013(8): 1167-1175.

8.    Chau PH, Wong M and Woo J. (2013) Trends in ischaemic heart disease hospitalisation and case-fatality in the Hong Kong Chinese population, 2000–2009. BMJ Open, 3(8): e002963.

9.    Chau PH, Wong M, Lee A, Ling M, and Woo J. (2013) Trends in hip fracture incidence and mortality in Chinese population from Hong Kong 2001-09. Age and Ageing, 42(2): 229-233.

10.  Chau PH, Wong M and Woo J. (2012) Challenge to long-term care for the elderly: cold-weather impacts institutional population more than community-dwelling population. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13: 788-793.