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Polly Wai Chi LI
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Dr Polly Wai-Chi Li is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing of the University of Hong Kong since January 2020. She received her degree of Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Hong Kong with first class of honours. She then obtained her PhD at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received several awards during her postgraduate study, including the Outstanding Thesis Award, New Researcher Award and Dr. Thomas HC Cheung Postgraduate Scholarship.

Dr Li's research interests include cardiology, gerontology and long-term care. In particular, her research efforts mainly focus on promoting appropriate care-seeking behaviors in patients with acute myocardial infarction, improving self-management for chronic disease, stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, and preventing cognitive decline in persons with mild cognitive impairment. She has obtained several research grants,  including General Research Fund and Early Career Scheme from Research Grants Council, and Health Care and Promotion Scheme from Food and Health Bureau. Dr Li has published actively in international refereed journals, such as Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.

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Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
HKU Start-up Fund An internet-based cardiac rehabilitation enhancement (i-CARE) intervention to support self-care of patients with coronary artery disease: A mixed-method study 1,850,000
Pneumoconiosis Mutual Aid Association A caregiver support program for family caregivers of patients with pneumoconiosis 450,000
General Research Fund A nurse-coordinated integrated care model to support decision-making and self-care in patients with atrial fibrillation: a randomized controlled trial 664,264
Health Care and Promotion Scheme Promoting brain health among people with suboptimal cognitive functioning in Hong Kong: a brain vitality enhancement (BRAVE) program 1,171,697
Early Career Scheme The effects of a modelling-based narrative intervention on care-seeking behavioural intention and prehospital care-seeking delay in patients with acute myocardial infarction 1,060,154
Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board The experience of patients and family caregivers in managing pneumoconiosis in the family context: An exploratory qualitative study 435,480
Direct Grant A multi-factorial model to explain sleep disturbances in patients with heart failure: a feasibility longitudinal study 142,557
  1. Lin RS, Yu DS, Li PW, Chau PH, Lee JJ. Lived experience of neuropsychiatric symptoms among females with mild cognitive impairment: A phenomenological study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2021 Oct 29. Available from: doi: 10.1111/jan.15088
  2. Masika GM, Yu DS, Li PW, Lee DT, Nyundo A. Visual art therapy and cognition: Effects on people with mild cognitive impairment and low education level. Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 2021 Sep 18:gbab168. Available from: doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbab168
  3. Lin RS, Yu DS, Chau PH, Li PW. An empowerment-psycho-behavioral program on neuropsychiatric symptoms in persons with mild cognitive impairment: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2021 Aug;77(8):3507-3517. Available from: doi: 10.1111/jan.14871
  4. Li PW, Yu DS. A nurse-led multi-component behavioral activation program to improve treatment decision-making and health outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation. Stroke. 2021;52(suppl 1). Available from: doi: 10.1161/str.52.suppl_1.P114
  5. Li PW, Yu DS, Tam SY. The Lived Experience of Patients and Family Caregivers in Managing Pneumoconiosis. Qualitative Health Research. 2021 Jul;31(9):1645-1656. Available from: doi: 10.1177/10497323211002819
  6. Li PW*, Yu DS, Wong CW. An empowerment-based cognitive behavioural therapy for persons with mild cognitive impairment and insomnia: Protocol for a mixed-method pilot study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2021 Apr;77(4):2054-2063. Available from: doi: 10.1111/jan.14740
  7. Lin RS, Yu DS, Li PW, Masika GM. The effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions targeting neuropsychiatric symptoms among persons with preclinical and mild dementia: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2020 Nov;36(4):479-492. Available from: doi.org/10.1002/gps.5460
  8. Masika GM, Yu DS, Li PW. Visual art therapy as a treatment option for cognitive decline among older adults. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2020 Mar 23. Available from: doi: 10.1111/jan.14362
  9. Li PW*, Yu DS, Chong SO, Lin RS. A Systematic Review on the Effects of Nonpharmacological Sleep Interventions on Cardiometabolic Risk or Disease Outcomes. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2020 Mar;35(2):184-98. Available from: doi:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000662
  10. Li PW*, Yu DS. A modeling-based narrative intervention to promote timely care-seeking in patients with acute myocardial infarction: A pilot randomized controlled trial and feasibility analysis. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2018 Oct 29;18(3):215-23. Available from: doi:10.1177/1474515118810126
  11. Li PW*, Yu DS, Siu PM, Wong SC. Brain Vitality Enhancement (BRAVE) program to promote brain health among persons with mild cognitive impairment: A study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2019 Aug 22;75(12):3758-67. Available from: doi:10.1111/jan.14175
  12. Yu DS, Li PW, Zhang F, Cheng ST, Ng TK, Judge KS. The effects of a dyadic strength-based empowerment program on the health outcomes of people with mild cognitive impairment and their family caregivers: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2019 Oct 4;14:1705-17. Available from: doi:10.2147/CIA.S213006
  13. Li PW*, Yu DS. Predictors of pre-hospital delay in Hong Kong Chinese patients with acute myocardial infarction. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2017 Jun 28;17(1):75-84. Available from: doi:10.1177/1474515117718914
  14. Song D, Yu DS, Li PW, Lei Y. The effectiveness of physical exercise on cognitive and psychological outcomes in individuals with mild cognitive impairment: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International journal of Nursing Studies. 2018 Mar;79:155-64. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.01.002
  15. Li PW*, Yu DS. Recognition of atypical symptoms of acute myocardial infarction: development and validation of a risk scoring system. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2017 Mar 1;32(2):99-106. Available from: doi:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000321
  16. Li PW*, Yu DS. Testing a model to reveal the predictive mechanism of care-seeking decisions among patients with acute myocardial infarction. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2017 Jul;32(4):393-400. Available from: doi:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000355
  17. Li PW*, Lee DT, Yu DS. Psychometric evaluation of the Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndromes Inventory in Chinese patients with acute coronary syndromes. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2013 Oct 17;13(4):295-303. Available from: doi:10.1177/1474515113509558
  18. Li PW*, Lee DT, Yu DS. Psychometric evaluation of the Perceived Barriers to Health Care-seeking Decision in Chinese patients with acute coronary syndromes. Heart & Lung. 2014 Mar;43(2):140-5. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2014.01.001
  • Open Access Journal of Cardiology
  • Annals of Nursing and Primary Care
  • Committee member, Prevention Science Committee of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, American Heart Association
  • Honorary Advisor, Care For Your Heart
  • Education Subcommittee member, Hong Kong Cardiac Nursing Association, Hong Kong
Year Scholarship/ Award Institution, Country

2018

Young Researcher Award

Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2018

Internationalization Faculty Mobility Scheme (Outbound) 2018-19

Office of Academic Links, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2016

Best Oral Presentation Award

Sixth Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and First Colloquium on Chronic Illness Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2015

Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award finalist

American Heart Association

2015

Best Oral Presentation Award

Second Cardiac Nursing Conference 2015, Hong Kong College of Cardiac Nursing / Hong Kong Cardiac Nursing Association

2015

Outstanding Thesis Award

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2013

New Researcher Award

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2012

HKAUW Dr. Thomas HC Cheung Postgraduate Scholarship

Hong Kong Association of University Women

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