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Doris Sau Fung YU
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Professor Doris Yu is currently the Professor at the School of Nursing. Professor Yu’s research has focused on gerontology and long-term care.

The ever-escalating burden of disease and disability associated with the rapid aging drives her research work. She has obtained over HK$20 million (USD 2.6 million) external competitive research grants including the General Research Fund, the Health and Medical Research Fund, and the Research Impact Fund for studies on prevalent elderly issues including geriatric symptom management, disease management models for heart failure (HF), brain health promotion, and strength-based care models on dementia care and caregiving. The work was disseminated in over 120 ISI journals including the top-rank journals in nursing, gerontology and cardiology such as European Heart Journal, European Journal of Heart Failure, International Journal of Cardiology, Journal of American Geriatric Society and International Journal of Nursing Studies. She also did research dissemination in the scientific sessions of International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the Gerontological Society of America, European Society of Cardiology, and American Heart Association. The research impact is evident, with her publication cited in the international guideline by the European Society of Cardiology. The developed care models are also integrated into the community nursing service (HF patient empowerment model and transitional care) and aging service (strength-based model) in Hong Kong. She also participates in the grant review exercise for the Research Grant Council (Humanity and Social Science Panel), Public Policy Research Fund, and the Health and Medical Research Fund.

With her enthusiasm in science implementation, she has received over HK$84.5 million (USD 10.8 million) of donations for preparing the society for population aging. She has developed a multi-disciplinary model to promote territory-wide gerontological education in Hong Kong for the general public, informal caregivers and professionals. With the increasing demand on aged care in the health and social service, she also developed an innovative case management model led by nurses, social workers and health coaches to support older adults with deprived social support and network. Her achievement is recognized by the conferment of The Award of Excellence in Social Engagement (Best Impact Award). She is currently the advisor and Social Service Board member of several major non-government organizations in Hong Kong.

For nursing education, Professor Yu has extensive experience in leading under-graduate and post-graduate nursing education. The teaching success is well reflected in her track record of obtaining 13 Teaching Awards, including the Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award. She has supervised 11 PhD students who had published the work in ISI journals and they have a good post-graduated employment record. She is the panel member of the accreditation team of the Hong Kong Nursing Council and the Specialist of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualification. Internationally, she served the East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars Executive Committee for over ten years to support the post-graduate nursing education in the region. She is also the external examiner of the University of Hull for the baccalaureate nursing program. In response to the Hong Kong Policy Address in 2010 about the manpower shortage for aging service, she has successfully pioneered the Bachelor of Gerontology Programme to support the re-engineering of the human resource for the aging service in Hong Kong.

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Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
HKU Start-up Fund The effects and cost-effectiveness of a technology-based family-centered empowerment (T-FAME) program on health and health service utilization outcomes of post-discharged patients with advanced heart failure: A sequential mixed method study 2,850,000
General Research Fund Effectiveness of an information-motivation-behavioral skills model-based intervention on adherence of non-invasive ventilation of patients with chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure: A randomized controlled study 1,106,700
Health Care Promotion Fund New wine in old bottle: the effects of Sudoku Mind Activation and Revitalizing Training (SMART) program on cognitive function among people with mild cognitive impairment 979,509

RGC-Research Impact Fund
(R7017-18)

Tools to inform policy: Chinese Communities’ Action in response to Dementia 3,006,710

RGC-General Research Fund
(14610317)

Unravelling positive aspects of caregiving in dementia: an integration of the Transactional Stress and Coping Model and the Meaning Making Model 594,492
RGC-General Research Fund The effects of a strengths-based intervention based on salutogenic model on sense of coherence, coping, psychological status and health-related quality of life of family caregivers of persons with dementia 668,368

Health Medical Research Fund
(13141311)

Enhancing the self-care of Chinese patients with chronic heart failure: Does an empowerment based educational model make a difference? 1,190,000

Health Medical Research Fund
(12131441)

The effects of an activity-based lifestyle intervention on moderate sleep complaints among older adults: A sequential mixed method study 818,519.11

Health Care Promotion Fund
(07140105)

Creating a path to healthy and productive aging using information and communication technology (ICT) 499,913

General Research Fund
(453513)

Model predicting health outcomes of family caregivers of Chinese dementia sufferers: A sequential explanatory mixed method study 563,254

Health and Medical Research Fund
(010110861)

Predictors of self-care among older Chinese people with chronic heart failure

600,000
  1. Yu DS*, Li PW, Zhang F, Cheng ST, Ng TK, Judge KS. The effects of a dyadic strength-based empowerment program on the health outcomes of people with mild cognitive impairment and their family caregivers: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2019 Oct 4;14:1705-17. Available from: doi:10.2147/CIA.S213006
  2. Yu DS*, Li PW, Yue SC, Wong J, Yan B, Tsang KK, Choi KC. The effects and cost‐effectiveness of an empowerment‐based self‐care programme in patients with chronic heart failure: A study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2019 Jul 26;75(12):3740-8. Available from: doi:10.1111/jan.14162
  3. YU DS*, Cheng ST, Wang J. Unravelling positive aspects of caregiving in dementia: An integrative review of research literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2018 Mar;79:1-26. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.10.008
  4. YU DS*, Ng SS, Lee DT, Choi KC, Siu PM, Low LP, Woo J. The effects of an activity-based lifestyle intervention on moderate sleep complaints among older adults: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2018 Jan 25;19:69. Available from: doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2465-2
  5. Yu DS*, Li PW, Chong SO. Symptom cluster among patients with advanced heart failure: a review of its manifestations and impacts on health outcomes. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care. 2018 Mar;12(1):16-24. Available from: doi:10.1097/SPC.0000000000000316
  6. Yu DS*. Effective management for older people with heart failure: from acute to palliative care paradigms. Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC. 2016 Jul;13(5):391-2. Available from: doi:10.11909/j.issn.1671-5411.2016.05.007
  7. Yu DS*, Lee DT, Stewart S, Thompson DR, Choi KC, Yu CM. Effect of nurse‐implemented transitional care for Chinese individuals with chronic heart failure in Hong Kong: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2015 Aug;63(8):1583-93. Available from: doi:10.1111/jgs.13533
  8. Yu DS*, Kwok T, Choy J, Kavanagh DJ. Measuring the expressed emotion in Chinese family caregivers of persons with dementia: Validation of a Chinese version of the Family Attitude Scale. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2016 Mar;55:50-9. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.11.005
  9. Yu DS*, Yan EC, Chow CK. Interpreting SF-12 mental component score: an investigation of its convergent validity with CESD-10. Quality of Life Research. 2015 Mar 19;24(9):2209-17. Available from: doi:10.1007/s11136-015-0959-x
  10. Jaarsma T, Strömberg A, Gal TB, Cameron J, Driscoll A, Duengen HD, Inkrot S, Huang TY, Huyen NN, Kato N, Köberich S, Lupon J, Moser DK, Pulignano G, Rabelo ER, Suwanno J, Thompson DR, Vellone E, Alvaro R, Yu DS, Riegel B. Comparison of self-care behaviors of heart failure patients in 15 countries worldwide. Patient Education and Counseling. 2013 Jul;92(1):114-20. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.pec.2013.02.017
  11. Yu DS*, Lee DT. Do medically unexplained somatic symptoms predict depression in older Chinese?. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2012 Feb;27(2):119-26. Available from: doi:10.1002/gps.2692
  12. Yu DS*, Thompson DR, Yu CM, Pedersen SS, Denollet J. Validating the Type D personality construct in Chinese patients with coronary heart disease. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2010 Aug 1;69(2):111-8. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2010.01.014
  13. Yu DS*, Thompson DR, Yu CM, Oldridge NB. Assessing HRQL among Chinese patients with coronary heart disease: angina, myocardial infarction and heart failure. International Journal of Cardiology. 2009 Jan 24;131(3):384-94. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2007.10.043
  14. Yu DS*, Thompson DR, Yu CM, Oldridge NB. Validation of the Chinese version of the MacNew Heart Disease Health‐related Quality of Life questionnaire. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2008 Apr;14(2):326-35. Available from: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2753.2007.00863.x
  15. Yu DS*, Lee DT, Kwong AN, Thompson DR, Woo J. Living with chronic heart failure: a review of qualitative studies of older people. Journal of advanced nursing. 2008 Mar;61(5):474-83. Available from: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04553.x
  16. Yu DS*, Lee DT, Woo J. Effects of relaxation therapy on psychologic distress and symptom status in older Chinese patients with heart failure. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2007 Apr 1;62(4):427-37. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2006.10.012
  17. Yu DS*, Thompson DR, Lee DT. Disease management programmes for older people with heart failure: crucial characteristics which improve post-discharge outcomes. European Heart Journal. 2006 Mar 1;27(5):596-612. Available from: doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehi656
  18. Lee DT, Yu DS, Woo J. Validity, reliability, and responsiveness of the chronic heart failure questionnaire (Chinese version). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2004 Feb;52(2):321-2. Available from: doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2004.05202001_4.x
  19. Yu DS, Lee DT, Woo J. Issues and challenges of instrument translation. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2004 Apr;26(3):307-20. Available from: doi:10.1177/0193945903260554
  • 2017
CUHK Outstanding Alumni Award
  • 2016
Best Teacher Award, MPhil-PhD and Doctor of Nursing Programme, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2014
Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award (CUHK)
  • 2013
The Award of Excellence in Social Engagement – Best Impact Award, by the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2007
Best Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Paper 2007 by the Hong Kong Geriatric Society
Yu DSF, Lee DFT, Woo J (2006). Psychological distress in elderly patients with congestive heart failure. Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric, 1: 93-8.
  • 2007
Master Teacher Award, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2006
Best Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Paper 2007 by the Hong Kong Geriatric Society
  • 2005

Young Scholars Dissertation Awards, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yu DSF (2004).  Effects of progressive muscle relaxation training on psychological and health-related quality of life outcomes in elderly patients with heart failure.  PhD Dissertation.  Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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