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Patsy Pui Hing CHAU

Dr Patsy Chau is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Sau Po Centre on Ageing under the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. She received her BSocSc(Stat) in 2000 and PhD in 2005 from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science of The University of Hong Kong. Also, she is one of the CADENZA Fellows trained by the CADENZA Leadership Programme which nurtures future academic leaders in gerontology. She joined The University of Hong Kong as Research Assistant Professor for the project entitled CADENZA: A Jockey Club Initiative for Seniors in the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2007 and joined the School of Nursing as Assistant Professor in 2012. She has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Age and Ageing, European Journal of Public Health, and Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Her research interests include applying statistics in the fields of gerontology, public health, and epidemiology. She is experienced in statistical analyses of large databases. She published a series of studies on the association between extreme weather and the well-being of older adults. These articles enrich the literature on the adverse effect of extreme weather in a city with subtropical climate; and the findings inform different prevention strategies in the region. 

Besides, she has been involved in designing, planning and implementing surveys, such as examining the level of knowledge of heart attack symptoms and inappropriate anticipated treatment-seeking behaviour among older Chinese. Furthermore, she translated the survey findings into practice. For example, she developed a health education video to promote awareness of heart attack symptoms among the older adults in Hong Kong.

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)

Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU

Detecting salt-sensitivity of blood pressure using cold pressor test among older adults


Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU

A pilot randomized controlled trial to reduce salt intake among young adults in Hong Kong


Early Career Scheme (ECS)

A study on acute myocardial infarction symptoms awareness and expected treatment seeking behaviour among older Chinese in Hong Kong


Health and Medical Research Fund

The impact of climate change on elderly suicide deaths in Hong Kong and implications to suicide prevention



  1. Ngai FW, Wong PC, Chung KF, Chau PH, Hui PW. Effect of coupleā€based cognitive behavioural intervention on prevention of postnatal depression: multisite randomised controlled trial. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2020 Mar;127(4):500-7. Available from: doi:10.1111/1471-0528.15862
  2. Chau PH*, Moe G, Lee SY, Woo J, Leung AY, Chow CM, Kong C, Lo WT, Yuen MH, Zerwic J. Low level of knowledge of heart attack symptoms and inappropriate anticipated treatment-seeking behaviour among older Chinese: a cross-sectional survey. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2018 Mar 26;72(7):645-52. Available from: doi:10.1136/jech-2017-210157
  3. Chau PH*, Ngai HH, Leung AY, Li SF, Yeung LO, Tan-Un KC. Preference of food saltiness and willingness to consume low-sodium content food in a Chinese population. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. 2017 Jan;21(1):3-10. Available from: doi:10.1007/s12603-016-0732-z
  4. Ngai FW, Wong PW, Leung KY, Chau PH, Chung KF. The effect of telephone-based cognitive-behavioral therapy on postnatal depression: a randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2015 Aug;84(5):294-303. Available from: doi:10.1159/000430449
  5. Chau PH*, Leung AY, Li HL, Sea M, Chan R, Woo J. Development and validation of Chinese health literacy scale for low salt consumption-Hong Kong population (CHLSalt-HK). PLoS One. 2015 Jul 6;10(7):e0132303. Available from: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132303
  6. Chau PH*, Woo J. The trends in excess mortality in winter vs. summer in a sub-tropical city and its association with extreme climate conditions. PloS One. 2015 May 20;10(5):e0126774. Available from: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126774
  7. Chau PH*, Gusmano MK, Cheng JO, Cheung SH, Woo J. Social vulnerability index for the older people—Hong Kong and New York City as examples. Journal of Urban Health. 2014 Sep 13;91(6):1048-64. Available from: doi:10.1007/s11524-014-9901-8
  8. Chau PH*, Wong M, Woo J. Ischemic heart disease hospitalization among older people in a subtropical city—Hong Kong: does winter have a greater impact than summer?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014 Apr 4;11(4):3845-58. Available from: doi:10.3390/ijerph110403845
  9. Chau PH*, Tang MW, Yeung F, Chan TW, Cheng JO, Woo J. Can short-term residential care for stroke rehabilitation help to reduce the institutionalization of stroke survivors?. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2014 Feb 12;9:283-91.Available from: doi:10.2147/CIA.S56532
  10. Chau PH*, Yeung F, Chan TW, Woo J. A quasi-experimental study on a new service option for short-term residential care of older stroke patients. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2013 Sep 6;8:1167-75. Available from: doi:10.2147/CIA.S49190
  11. Chau PH*, Wong M, Woo J. Trends in ischaemic heart disease hospitalisation and case fatality in the Hong Kong Chinese population 2000–2009: a secondary analysis. BMJ Open. 2013 Aug 19;3(8): e002963. Available from: doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002963
  12. Chau PH*, Wong M, Lee A, Ling M, Woo J. Trends in hip fracture incidence and mortality in Chinese population from Hong Kong 2001–09. Age and Ageing. 2013 Mar;42(2):229-33. Available from: doi:10.1093/ageing/afs177
  13. Chau PH*, Wong M, Woo J. Challenge to long term care for the elderly: cold weather impacts institutional population more than community-dwelling population. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2012 Nov;13(9):788-93. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2012.08.007