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Centre of Evidence-based Practice for Health Care Policy: A JBI Affiliated Group


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Welcome to the Centre of Evidence-based Practice for Health Care Policy: A JBI Affiliated Group

Welcome to the Centre of Evidence-based Practice for Health Care Policy: A Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Affiliated Group. Our Centre is hosted by the School of Nursing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a world leader in gerontological, mental health, cancer and palliative care and community health services research. We believe the addition of the JBI group based at PolyU will be integral in developing new research questions to address some of the key health priorities affecting Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area’s population. We also see our JBI group being prominent leaders in developing and advancing cost-effective and improved evidenced based practice. Our focus is not only on knowledge generation and translation but, also through systematic review and evidence implementation education.

Our JBI team consists of experienced researcher’s in both qualitative and quantitative research methods along with advanced practice nurses from our clinical partners. We are part of a bigger Asia collaboration of JBI Centres of Excellence and Affiliated Groups and as the newest group we are proud to be part of this entity. Being a JBI affiliated group allows us to be strategic in identifying those key priority areas along with our key stakeholders in providing both the implementation and translational basis of nursing research based on the outcomes of our systematic reviews, meta-analysis and meta-syntheses. 

Our mission is to:

“Develop clinical practice through active engagement in evidence-based knowledge generation, translation and implementation, clinical education, quality improvement and research”


Our vision is to:

“Focus on embedding evidence-enhanced practice through building organisational infrastructure to support and promote an evidence-based environment”

In particular our Groups objectives are threefold, to:

  • Support future and ongoing development of the nursing team in terms of translational research and evidence based systematic review training
  • Support the development of nursing practice by creating an environment of collaborative evidenced-based practice using translational research and practice development principles and 
  • Support the development of service processes by establishing a test bed for new ideas and approaches to different models of working and care delivery within a nursing context.

Team Members

Dr Jed Montayre Director
Dr Grace Ho Deputy Director
Dr Daphne Cheung Deputy Director
Dr Martin Christensen Associate Head (Postgraduate Education) & Associate Professor
Dr Eva Ho
Associate Professor
Dr Justina Liu
Associate Professor
Dr Grace Xie
Associate Professor
Dr Eileen Cheng
Assistant Professor
Dr Patrick Kor
Assistant Professor
Dr Katherine Lam
Assistant Professor
Dr Arkers Wong
Assistant Professor
Dr Yan Ivy Zhao
Research Assistant Professor
Dr Abu-Odah Hammoda Research Fellow


Global Network

The Centre of Evidence-based Practice for Health Care Policy is part of the JBI Global Collaboration and in particular forms part of the Asia Collaboration with 8 other countries including China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea:

Education & Training

The Centre of Evidence-based Practice for Health Care Policy will provide three short courses to support evidence synthesis and implementation using the following:

  • Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Programme (Qualitative & Quantitative)
  • Evidence Implementation Training Programme
  • Scoping Review Workshop

News & Events

Coming soon

Research & Publications

Objective This systematic review investigates the effectiveness of simulation-based intervention versus active or passive control group on the empathy of informal caregivers of people with dementia and synthesizes their experience of the intervention.
Background Empathy towards people with dementia is suggested as a critical ability required for caregivers leading to quality care and associated with better mental health. Grounded on the Kolb Learning Styles Model (Kolb, 1984), simulation-based intervention may enhance caregivers' empathy through concrete experience, reflective observation, and abstract conceptualization. Eventually, this lead to a new interaction approach with people with dementia. However, to what extent and how the simulation-based intervention impacts informal caregivers are unclear.
Review Type Mixed Methods
Supervisor Dr Daphne Cheung
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Objective There is a lack of clear or consistent advice or guidance in relation to the management of the self-harming behaviour of cutting oneself by service users in psychiatric in-patient units. Therefore, this review will investigate the effectiveness of harm-reduction approaches for self-cutting in the inpatient setting.
Background To date there a very few scales that measures the attitudes to self-cutting alone. There are of course a number of self-harm scales, such as the Attitudes to Deliberate Self-Harm Questionnaire, the Self-Harm Antipathy Scale and the Self-Harm Inventory, but these tend to incorporate self-cutting within a range of self-harming behaviours. This alone is not seen as being problematic, however, given that self-cutting is the only form of ‘actual’ self-harm involving destruction of bodily tissue, potential harm-minimisation techniques could involve more context driven approaches such as advice on the use of sterile instruments, education on the safer areas of the body to cut or even supplying sterile razors or being present during a cutting event.
Review Type Comparative Meta-Analysis
Supervisor Dr Martin Christensen & Professor Geoff Dickens (Northumbria University)
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Objective The objective of the review is to describe qualitativelythe clinical experience among nursing students during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Background Covid-19 has a significant impact on our lives and places immense pressure on the health care system in many countries. It is also a turning point in nursing education and clinical practice. To address the shortage in manpower, some universities allowed their nursing students to engage in clinical placement or work as auxiliary health staff to support health care professionals. While clinical practice during the pandemic could be stressful and challenging for nursing students. It is crucial to understand how nursing students experience during this transition period. Findings from this review could inform nursing education and training for a better response in a future health care crisis.
Review Type Qualitative Meta-Synthesis
Supervisor Dr Polly Ma & Dr Martin Christensen
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Objective The objective of the review is to describe qualitatively older Asian peoples experiences of self-harm ideation.
Background Self-harm in the elderly is becoming a major concern globally due to increasing social isolation, widowhood, poor physical and mental health, and rising healthcare costs. Self-harm is defined as any ‘act of poisoning or self-injury carried out by a person irrespective of motivation’ and does not include indirect self-harm like self-neglect. There is evidence suggesting that the incidence of self-harm, like suicide attempts, is amplified when the older person has received a terminal diagnosis or a chronic disease that will become debilitating over time.
Review Type Qualitative Meta-Synthesis
Supervisor Dr Polly Ma & Dr Martin Christensen
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Objective The objective of the review was to evaluate the experience of pregnant women during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Background COVID 19 pandemic has a great impact on our lives. Many countries imposed social distancing measures and lockdowns to prevent the transmission of the virus. Meanwhile, significant changes have also been implemented in health care settings. Many face-to-face consultations and physical visits were affected and restricted. Pregnant women are particularly affected both physically and mentally during this period. Partially due to physiological changes during pregnancy, pregnant women are susceptible to respiratory infectious disease. Although the association of pregnancy and susceptibility of COVID-19 infection has not been established, more recent evidence has shown that pregnant women with covid-19 diagnosis may be at a higher risk of experiencing pregnancy complications, such as preterm birth, stillbirth, and maternal death. COVID-19 pandemic is also a significant source of stress for pregnant women. The prevalence of anxiety and depression among pregnant women during the pandemic has been estimated to be 42% and 25%, respectively. Their adverse mental health status could lead to subsequent negative maternal and birth outcomes. Additionally, pregnant women need to cope with the same social distancing measures as the general public, such as reduced social activities, reduced access to routine antenatal care and parenting class. Changes in health and life routines could in turn place mental health burden on pregnant women.
Review Type Qualitative Meta-Synthesis
Supervisor Dr Polly Ma & Dr Martin Christensen
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Centre of Evidence-based Practice for Health Care Policy: A JBI Affiliated Group

School of Nursing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon

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