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Dr Richard Xu
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Dr Richard XU

Assistant Professor

MB, MHA, MPhil, PhD


Dr Richard Xu received his PhD in public health from The Chinese University of Hong Kong; MPhil in health policy, economics and management from The University of Hong Kong; and Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Medicine from universities in mainland China. Before joining RS of PolyU, Dr Xu was a postdoctoral research fellow at The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Trained as a social epidemiologist and psychometrician, Dr Xu’s research interests include measurement of the health-related quality of life using preference-based instruments or condition-specific instruments, development and validation of scales, elicitation of people’s preferences in using or selecting healthcare services, evaluation of the impact of socioeconomic determinants on the well-being of people with rare diseases, and assessment of eHealth literacy. Dr Xu worked as the principal investigator or co-investigator of four research projects and has a number of publications released in international peer-reviewed journals such as Value in Health, Journal of Medical Internet Research and Quality of Life Research.

Research Interests

  • Health economics and policy
  • Psychometric evaluations
  • Patients’ preferences and decision-making
  • Patients-reported outcome measure/health-related quality of life
  • eHealth literacy

Research Output

    • Xu RH, Wong EL, Su Y, Zhang HY, Zhang W, Dong D. Quantifying the effect of financial burden on health-related quality of life among patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. Cancers 2020, 12(11):3325.
    • Xu RH, Zhou LM, Lu SY, Wong EL, Chang JH, Wang D. Psychometric validation and cultural adaptation of the simplified Chinese eHealth Literacy Scale. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2020, 22(12): e18613.
    • Xu RH, Wong EL, Jin J, Huang HQ, Dong D. Health-related quality of life measured using EQ-5D in patients with lymphomas. Support Care Cancer 2020, 29(5): 2549-2560.
    • Xu RH, Wong EL, Jin J, Dou Y, Dong D. Mapping of the EORTC QLQ-C30 to EQ-5D-5L index in patients with lymphomas. European Journal of Health Economics 2020 Dec, 21(9): 1363-1373.
    • Wong EL, Xu RH, Cheung AWL. Measurement of health-related quality of life in patients with diabetes mellitus using EQ-5D-5L in Hong Kong, China. Quality of Life Research 2020 Jul, 29(7): 1913-1921. (*corresponding and co-first author)

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