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What will I learn?

The transitional, supportive and palliative care research theme aims to develop advanced nursing practices for clients with chronic diseases and to evaluate the efficacy and mechanism of complementary and alternative therapies including traditional interventions. This theme also focuses on models of care and their effectiveness.

The group's research priorities are on three areas:

  • Symptom management in cancer, palliative care and life-limiting illnesses
  • Traditional Chinese medicine and complementary therapies
  • Models of care delivery with a focus on transitional care and community-based chronic disease management.

Supportive & palliative care - symptom management in cancer, palliative care and life-limiting illnesses

Our programme of research focuses on empirical testing of interventions for symptom management in clients who have life-limiting illnesses such as end-stage organ failure or cancer and require palliative care. The effectiveness of these interventions is demonstrated by improved symptom control and quality of life, enhanced total well-being and reduced unnecessary use of healthcare services.

Supportive care - Traditional Chinese medicine and complementary therapies

Our work in this area supplements the previous research programme and evaluates the efficacy and mechanisms of complementary and alternative therapies including traditional interventions such as acupuncture, acupressure and herbal therapy, as well as psychosocial measures such as hope therapy and patient engagement. The effectiveness of integrating these therapies into mainstream western medical treatment for enhancing the quality of care is established through empirical studies.

Models of care delivery with a focus on transitional care and community-based chronic disease management

Researchers in this area aim to develop models of care delivery for clients with chronic diseases and/or complex needs, who require cost effective and holistic interventions. Such studies will help promote cost-effective care delivery and quality outcomes.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,55,343) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

At least hold a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honors or above (or equivalent qualification) conferred by a recognized university.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test or 550 or above for the paper-based test.

All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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