Winnie K.W. SO

Associate Professor


Qualifications RN, PhD
Tel (852) 3943 1072
Email winnieso@cuhk.edu.hk
Research Expertise Cancer prevention, symptom experience and management, supportive care needs and quality of life of cancer patients
Researcher ID A-3994-2015
ORCID 0000-0001-9243-2924
Scopus ID 7004974026

Biography

Professor Winnie So is an Associate Professor of the Nethersole School of Nursing at the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Associate Professor of the Union Hospital, Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Nursing from Deakin University, Australia in 1993; Master of Health Administration from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1995; and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Colorado, United States in 2007.

Professor So's research interest focuses on cancer and palliative care, especially in relation to supportive care needs, symptom experience and quality of life of cancer patients, cancer prevention and early detection of cancer. She has published 4 book chapters and 95 papers in peer reviewed journals such as European Journal of Cancer, Oncology Nursing Forum, Cancer Nursing, Supportive Care in Cancer, European Journal of Oncology Nursing and Preventive Medicine.

Currently, Professor So is the President of Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS), and Council Member of the World Association for Chinese Quality of Life (WACQOL). She was the Board of Director of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) in 2012-2016, and a Council Member of the Hong Kong College of Education and Research in Nursing in 2015-2017.

Awards, Honours, and Achievements

Research Awards

  • Best Poster Award (1st Prize) for Clinical and Basic Research, South East Asia Breast Cancer Symposium 2017, Myanmar (2017)
  • Best Poster Award (2nd Prize) for Social Science Research, South East Asia Breast Cancer Symposium 2017, Myanmar (2017)
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation Award, International Conference of Optimising Healthcare Quality: Teamwork in Education, Research and Practice, Thailand (2016)

Industry Award

  • Gold Merit Award 2018, Hong Kong Academy of Nursing (November 2018)
Grants

(in the capacity of Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator)

Funding BodyProject Title
Health and Medical Research Fund Effects of immersive virtual reality for preventing and managing anxiety, nausea and vomiting among paediatric cancer patients receiving their first chemotherapy: an exploratory trial
Nethersole Institute of Continuing Holistic Health Education Impacts of Ethical Climate of Clinical Environment and Ethical Sensitivity of Nurses on their Caring Efficacy
Health Care and Promotion FundEffect of a family-based multimedia intervention on the uptake of colorectal cancer screening among South Asian older adults in Hong Kong: a randomised control trial
Royal Society of New Zealand - Catalyst Seeding Fund(NON-CU-PROJECT) Harmonising principles, processes and outcome measures to enable culturally specific health promotion after breast cancer
Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund BoardDevelopment of Multimedia Educational Intervention to Promote Pneumoconiosis Prevention among South Asian Construction Workers in Hong Kong
Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research FundDevelopment of an Explanatory Model to Explore the Cervical Cancer Screening Behaviour of Ethnic Minority Women
Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund BoardProfiling of the Silica-induced Pro-inflammatory Molecular Events in Macrophages Using the RNA-Seq Approach
The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHKDiscovery of predictive biomarkers of tamoxifen side effects and adherence based on genetic polymorphisms during adjuvant tamoxifen therapy in breast cancer patients in Hong Kong: a feasibility study
Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research Fund(NON-CU-PROJECT) An Assessor-blinded, Randomised Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Prevent Chemobrain in Breast Cancer Patients
Health Care and Promotion FundDevelopment of multimedia interventions to promote breast cancer prevention among South Asia women in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Society Nephrology Research GrantA Prospective randomized controlled trial in comparing the usage of 95% silver nitrate caustic pencil versus 2% aqueous chlorhexidine swabstick in treating peritoneal dialysis catheter exit-site granuloma – A pilot study
Children’s Cancer Foundation - Paediatric Oncology Research GrantExploration of Palliative Care Needs of Pediatric Patients with Cancer and Their Families
CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)Translation and Validation of Tools for Assessing Health-Related Quality of Life and Male Sexual Function in Hong Kong Chinese Patients during Transitional Cancer Survivorship
Public Policy Research Funding SchemePerspectives on cancer preventive services for ethnic minorities: implications for service needs and utilisation
Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research FundPerceived Supportive-care Needs and Their Mediating Effects on the Quality of Life among Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

Selected Publications

Publication
Chan, H. Y. L., So, W. K. W., Aboo, G., Sham, A. S. Y., Fung, G. S. C., Law, W. S. L., Wong, H. L. H., Chau, C. L. T., Tsang, L. F., Wong, C. S. Y., Chair, S. Y. (2019). Understanding the needs of nurse preceptors in acute hospital care setting: A mixed method study. Nurse Education in Practice, 38, 112-119. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2019.06.013.
So, W. K. W., Law, B. M. H., Choi, K. C., Chan, D. N. S., Chan, C. W. H. (2019). A family-based multimedia intervention to enhance the uptake of colorectal cancer screening among older South Asian adults in Hong Kong: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 19 (1), 652. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6995-7.
Wong, M. M. H., So, W. K. W., Choi, K. C., Cheung, R., Chan, H. Y. L., Sit, J. W. H., Ho, B., Li, F., Lee, T. Y., Chair, S. Y. (2019). Malnutrition risks and their associated factors among home-living older Chinese adults in Hong Kong: hidden problems in an affluent Chinese community. BMC Geriatrics, 19 (1), 138. doi: 10.1186/s12877-019-1148-5.
So, W. K. W., Law, B. M. H., Chan, D. N. S., Xing, W., Chan, C. W. H., McCarthy, A. L. (2019). The Effect of Nonpharmacological Interventions on Managing Symptom Clusters Among Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review. Cancer Nursing, doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000730.
So, W. K. W. (2019). Population Size or Passion as the Basis for Research Academic Success? Cancer Nursing, 41 (5):431. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000639.
Chan, D. N. S., So, W. K. W. , Choi, K. C., Gurung, S. (2019). Development of an explanatory model to explore cervical cancer screening behaviour among South Asian women: The influence of multilevel factors. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 40, 2-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2019.03.001.
So, W. K. W. , Kwong, A. N. L., Chen, J. M. T., Chan, J. C. Y., Law, B. M. H., Sit, J. W. H., Chan, C. W. H. (2019). A Theory-Based and Culturally Aligned Training Program on Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention for South Asian Community Health Workers: A Feasibility Study. Cancer Nursing, 42 (2), E20-E30. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000543.
So, W. K. W. , Wong, C. L., Choi, K. C., Chan, C. W. H., Chan, J. C. Y., Law, B. M. H. . . . Yu, B. W. L. (2019). A Mixed-Methods Study of Unmet Supportive Care Needs Among Head and Neck Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nursing, 42 (1), 67-78. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000542.
Wong, C. L., So, W. K. W. , Chan, D. N. S., Choi, K. C., Rana, T. (2019). A community health worker-led multimedia intervention to increase cervical cancer screening uptake among South Asian women: Study protocol for a cluster randomized wait-list controlled trial. Trials, 20 (1), 270-279. doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-3378-4.
Xing, W., So, W. K. W. , Choi, K. C., Wong, C. L., Tong, M., Choy, Y. P., Molassiotis, A., Yates, P., Chan, R. J. (2019). Translation and psychometric testing of Cancer Survivors' Unmet Needs, Chinese version. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, doi: 10.1111/ajco.13137.
Chan, J. Y. W., Tsui, J. C. C., Law, P. T. W., So, W. K. W. , Leung, D. Y. P., Sham, M. M. K., Tsui, S. K. W., Chan, C. W. H. (2018). Regulation of TLR4 in silica-induced inflammation: An underlying mechanism of silicosis. International Journal of Medical Sciences, 15 (10), 986-991. doi: 10.7150/ijms.24715.
Tang, F. W. K., Ling, G. C. C., Lai, A. S. F., Chair, S. Y., So, W. K. W. (2018). Four Es of caring in contemporary nursing: Exploring novice to experienced nurses. Nursing and Health Sciences, doi: 10.1111/nhs.12561.

Tang, F. W. K., Chan, C. W. H., Choy, Y. P., Loong, H. H. F., Chow, K. M., So, W. K. W. (2018). A feasibility study on using tablet personal computers for self-reported symptom assessment in newly diagnosed lung cancer patients. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 24 (4), e12658. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12658.
Law, B. M. H., Waye, M. M. Y., So, W. K. W. , Chair, S. Y. (2017). Hypotheses on the Potential of Rice Bran Intake to Prevent Gastrointestinal Cancer through the Modulation of Oxidative Stress. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18 (7), pii: E1352. doi: 10.3390/ijms18071352.
Chan, R. J., Yates, P., Li, Q., Komatsu, H., Lopez, V., Thandar, M., Chacko, S. T., So, W. K. W. , …, Molassiotis, A.; STEP study collaborators. (2017). Oncology practitioners' perspectives and practice patterns of post-treatment cancer survivorship care in the Asia-Pacific region: results from the STEP study. BMC Cancer, 17 (1), 715. doi: 10.1186/s12885-017-3733-3.
Molassiotis, A., Yates, P., Li, Q., So, W. K. W. , Pongthavornkamol, K., Pittayapan, P., …, Chan, R. J.; STEP Study Collaborators. (2017). Mapping unmet supportive care needs, quality-of-life perceptions and current symptoms in cancer survivors across the Asia-Pacific region: results from the International STEP Study. Annals of Oncology, 28 (10), 2552-2558. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdx350.
So, W. K. W., Law, B. H. M., Law, P. T. W., Choi, K. C., & Chan, C. W. H. (2018). A pilot study to compare two types of heat-stabilized rice bran in modifying compositions of intestinal microbiota among healthy Chinese adults. Advances in Modern Oncology Research.4(1), 253. doi: 10.18282/amor.v4.i1.253.
So, W. K. W., Choi, K. C., Chan, C. W. H., Chair, S. Y., Wan, R. W. M., Mak, S. S. S., Ling, W. M., & Ng, W. T. (2018). Perceived unmet supportive care needs and determinants of quality of life among survivors of head and neck cancer. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 24(Suppl 2), S39-S41.
Chan, J. Y., Tsui, J. C., Law, P. T., So, W. K. W., Leung, D. Y. P., Sham, M. M., ... & Chan, C. W. H. (2018). RNA-Seq revealed ATF3-regulated inflammation induced by silica. Toxicology, 393, 34-41. doi: 10.1016/j.tox.2017.11.001.
Chow, K. M., So, W. K. W., Choi, K. C. & Chan, C. W. H. (2018). Sexual function, psychosocial adjustment to illness, and quality of life among Chinese gynaecological cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 27(4), 1257-1263. doi: 10.1002/pon.4663.
So, W. K. W., Wong, C. L., Chow, K. M., Chen, J. M. T., Lam, W. W. T., Chan, C. W. H., & Choi, K. C. (2017). The uptake of cervical cancer screening among South Asians and the general population in Hong Kong: A comparative study. Journal of Cancer Policy, 12, 90-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jcpo.2017.03.015.
Tang, F. W. K., So, W. K. W., Ling, G. C. C., Lai, A. S. F., & Chair, S. Y. (2017). Healing Oncology Nurses in a Caring Environment. Cancer Nursing, 40(6), 431-432. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000546.
So, W. K. W., Wong, C. L., Choi, K. C., Chan, C. W. H., Chan, J. C. Y., Law, B. M. H., Wan, R. W. M., Mak, S. S. S., Ling, W. M., Ng, W. T., & Yu, B. W. L. (2017) A mixed-methods study of unmet supportive care needs among head and neck cancer survivors. Cancer Nursing. (in press) . doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000542.
So, W. K. W., Kwong, A. N. L., Chen, J. M. T., Chan, J. C. Y., Law, B. M. H., Sit, J. W. H., & Chan, C. W. H. (2017). A Theory-based and Culturally Aligned Training Program on Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention for South Asian Community Health Workers: A Feasibility Study. Cancer Nursing (in press) . doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000543.
So, W. K. W., Chan, D. N. S., Rana, T., Law, B. M. H., Leung, D. Y. P., Chan, H. Y. L., Ng, C. C., Chair, S. Y., & Chan, C. W. H. (2017) Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Interventions to Promote Breast and Cervical Health among South Asian Women: a Project Protocol. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, 4(4), 361-365.
Chan, D. N. S. & So, W. K. W. (2017) A systematic review of the factors influencing ethnic minority women's cervical cancer screening behaviour: From intra-personal to policy level. Cancer Nursing, 40(6):E1-E30. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000436
So, W. K. W., Chan, R. J., Truant, T., Bialous, S. A., Barton-Burke, M. (2016). Global perspectives on cancer health disparities: Impact, utility, and implications for cancer nursing. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, 3, 316-23.
Challinor, J. M., Galassi, A. L., Al-Ruzzieh, M. A., Bigirimana, J. B., Buswell, L., So, W. K. W., Steinberg, A. B., & Williams, M. J. Nursing’s potential to address the growing cancer burden in low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Global Oncology, 2(3), 154-163. DOI:10.1200/JGO.2015.001974.
Chan, D. N. S. & So, W. K. W. (2016) Strategies for recruiting South Asian women to cancer screening research, and the lessons learnt. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(11), 2937-2946. doi: 10.1111/jan.13068
Xiao, W., Chow, K. M., So, W. K. W., Leung, D. Y. P., & Chan, C. W. H. (2016). The Effectiveness of Psychoeducational Intervention on Managing Symptom Clusters in Patients with Cancer: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Cancer Nursing, 39(4):279-91. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000313.
So, W. K. W., Law, B. M. H., Law, P. T. W., Chan, C. W. H., Chair, S. Y. (2016). Current hypothesis for the relationship between dietary rice bran intake, the intestinal microbiota and colorectal cancer prevention. Nutrients, 8, 569 doi:10.3390/nu8090569
So, W. K. W., Cumming, G. G., Ayala de Calvo, L. E., Day, S. W., Houlahan, K., Nevidjon, B. M., Schneider, J.,Teahon, T., & Were, P. A. (2016) Enhancement of oncology nursing education in low- and middle-income countries: challenges and strategies. Journal of Cancer Policy, 8, 10-16.

External Service

Professional & Community Service

  • President, Asian Oncology Nursing Society (2016-2017)
  • Council Member, World Association for Chinese Quality of Life
  • Member, Scientific Committee, 20th IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology (2017-2018)
  • Member, Organising Committee, 3rd Asian Oncology Nursing Society Conference (2016-2017)
  • Grant Reviewer, Metro South Research Support Scheme, Princess Alexandra Hospital Centres for Health Research (Sept-Oct 2017 2018)
  • Grant Reviewer, Research and Development Funding, President’s Advisory Committee on Research & Development (September 2017)
  • Abstract Reviewer, 2017 ICN Congress, International Council of Nurses, Spain (2016-2017)
  • Abstract Reviewer, International Conference on Cancer Nursing, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (2005-2008; 2011 – present)
  • Abstract Reviewer, MASCC/ISOO 2017 International Symposium, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (2017)

Editorial Service

  • Associate Editor-in-Chief, 肿瘤护理杂志 (2015 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Cancer Nursing (2015 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing (2015 – present)

Honourary Academic/ Clinical Appointments

  • Visiting Fellow, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology
  • Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Union Hospital, Hong Kong