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Dr. Takemura Naomi is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong. She received her degrees of Bachelor of Nursing (1st Hons) in 2015 and PhD in 2022 from The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Takemura has worked as a clinical nurse for 3 years upon BNurs graduation, during which she gained invaluable clinical experience that inspired and strengthened her desire to start her research career.

Dr. Takemura’s research focuses on oncology nursing and behavioral medicine, in particular, physical activity in lung cancer. She has successfully accomplished large-scale randomized controlled trial to improve multiple physical and psychosocial symptoms in patients with advanced lung cancer. In addition, her research includes end-of-life care capacity building and nurse education. Dr. Takemura has published more than 20 articles in international peer-reviewed journals such as Sleep Medicine Review, International Journal of Nursing Studies, and BMC Cancer. She has served as an Editorial Board Member in BMC Nursing (Q1 journal in Nursing) upon PhD graduation.

  • Oncology nursing (lung cancer, symptom management)
  • Behavioral medicine (physical activity intervention, motivational intervention)
  • Complementary medicine (aerobic exercise, Tai Chi)
  • End-of-life care (nurse education, capacity building)
  1. Fung JT, Chan SL, Takemura N (co-first author), Chiu HY, Huang HC, Lee JE, Preechawong S, Hyun MY, Sun M, Xia W, Xiao J. Virtual simulation and problem-based learning enhance perceived clinical and cultural competence of nursing students in Asia: A randomized controlled cross-over study. Nurse Education Today. 2023 Jan 31:105721. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2023.105721
  2. Takemura N, Ho MH, Cheung DS, Lin CC. Factors associated with perceived cognitive impairment in patients with advanced lung cancer: a cross-sectional analysis. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2022 Nov;30(11):9607-14. Available from: doi:10.1007/s00520-022-07377-9
  3. Chang HY, Takemura N (co-first author), Chau PH, Lin CC. Prevalence and predictors of advance directive among terminally ill patients in Taiwan before enactment of Patient Right to Autonomy Act: a nationwide population-based study. BMC Palliative Care. 2022 Oct 12;21(1):178. Available from: doi:10.1186/s12904-022-01069-1
  4. Takemura N, Fong DY, Lin CC. Evaluating end-of-life care capacity building training for home care nurses. Nurse education today. 2022 Oct 1;117:105478. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105478
  5. Takemura N, Cheung DS, Fong DY, Lin CC. Promoting moderate-to-vigorous physical activities in patients with advanced lung cancer: preferences and social cognitive factors, and the mediating roles. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2022 Sep;30(9):7419-29. Available from: doi:10.1007/s00520-022-07149-5
  6. Takemura N, Cheung DS, Fong DY, Lee AW, Lam TC, Ho JC, Kam TY, Chik JY, Lin CC. Relationship of subjective and objective sleep measures with physical performance in advanced-stage lung cancer patients. Scientific Reports. 2021 Aug 26;11(1):17208. Available from: doi:10.1038/s41598-021-96481-7
  7. Takemura N, Chan SL, Smith R, Cheung DS, Lin CC. The effects of physical activity on overall survival among advanced cancer patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC cancer. 2021 Dec;21(1):1-3. Available from: doi:10.1186/s12885-021-07988-1
  8. Cheung DS, Takemura N, Lam TC, Ho JC, Deng W, Smith R, Yan Y, Lee AW, Lin CC. Feasibility of aerobic exercise and Tai-Chi interventions in advanced lung cancer patients: a randomized controlled trial. Integrative Cancer Therapies. 2021 Sep;20:15347354211033352. Available from: doi:10.1177/15347354211033352
  9. Chan SL, Takemura N (co-first author), Chau PH, Lin CC, Wang MP. Psychological impact of the covid-19 pandemic on licensed full-time practicing nurses undertaking part-time studies in higher education: A cross-sectional study. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2021 Aug 13;18(16):8569. Available from: doi:10.3390/ijerph18168569
  10. Takemura N, Cheung DS, Smith R, Deng W, Ho KY, Lin J, Kwok JY, Lam TC, Lin CC. Effectiveness of aerobic exercise and mind-body exercise in cancer patients with poor sleep quality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Sleep Medicine Reviews. 2020 Oct 1;53:101334. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2020.101334
2022-Now Editorial Board Member, BMC Nursing
2022-Now Member (Nurse Leader), Pi Iota Chapter, Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
2020-Now Member, Hong Kong Neuro-Oncology Society
Year Scholarship/ Award Institution, Country
2022 Wong Ching Yee Medical Postgraduate Scholarship 2021/2022 The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
2021 Wong Ching Yee Medical Postgraduate Scholarship 2020/2021 The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
2020 Peer’s Choice Award U21 Research Postgraduate Symposium
2018 Best Poster Award Yonsei International Nursing Conference, South Korea
2015 University Research Internship Awards The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR