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Message from Chairperson of School Research Committee


Welcome to this webpage of 'Research Profile' of School of Nursing (SN), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This page provides an overview of the research development of SN and our mission, as well as our research themes and strengths and focused areas of research.

The mission of research in SN is to advance evidence-based nursing practice for an optimal health and well-being of all people locally, nationally and internationally.

The School provides a nurturing and supportive environment for these activities of scientific knowledge inquiry. It also provides a platform and infrastructure for intellectual exchanges and opportunities and challenges for researchers in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas.

The strengths of research in SN lie in the diversity of our output and the innovations and talents of our faculty. Our faculty has been conducting high quality clinical and applied research in nursing and other health sciences. As indicated from our SN and faculty profiles of publications, grants and other outputs, they covers an overall diverse but thematically focused and specific nursing and healthcare issues, for example, ageing and health, family and community health, mental health and occupational safety, disaster nursing, palliative and supportive care, and transitional care and models in healthcare, as well as traditional Chinese medicine and complementary and alternative interventions. The high quality, applied research has contributed to various positive impacts on nursing sciences and knowledge for education and social policies. While SN supports different new research initiatives and development, the School invests strategically and continuously in prioritized areas of research in order to develop the critical mass and excellence of research based on the School’s internationally recognized strengths and expertise.

The research structure in SN can facilitate inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental and/or inter-institutional research collaborations. It also provides young and upcoming staff with the leadership and expertise from our experienced faculty required for development of their research excellence. The objectives of research development of SN and our faculty are:

  • To conduct high quality research that improves nursing practice and contributes to cost-effective care and policy development, being recognized nationally and internationally;
  • To foster the academic and professional development of nurse researchers in the School through opportunities and collaborations in research;
  • To support and facilitate the development of new researchers/faculties through a supportive and constructive mentoring process;
  • To develop the profile of nursing research in The University, and in Hong Kong; and
  • To facilitate and support development of interdisciplinary and international research links and partnerships.

Four research themes, including Ageing and Health, Family and Community Health, Mental Health Care and Transitional, Supportive and Palliative Care, and its related centres have been established and accomplished a wide range of research focuses and areas in nursing and health sciences. Their developed areas of research and activities are internationally recognized in terms of their quality, scientific merits and impacts. Please refer to the details of each of the four research themes, their related research groups and centres, and their research projects, outputs and awards in respective sections on this webpage.

I hope you find the information of this webpage precise and useful and provide you with a better understanding of current research profile in SN.

Happy surfing!

Prof. Angela Leung
Professor & Associate Head (Research), SN


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