Professor SO Kwok Wei, Winnie

Associate Professor


Tel (852) 3943 1072
Email winnieso@cuhk.edu.hk
Expertise Oncology nursing
Education & Qualifications RN, PhD
Research Interests Cancer prevention
Symptom experience and management
Supportive care needs
Quality of life of cancer patients
Researcher ID/ Publons 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 degree from Deakin University, Australia in 1993; Master of Health Administration degree from The University of New South Wales, Australia in 1995; and Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Colorado Denver, United States in 2007.

Professor So's research interest focuses on cancer and palliative care, especially in relation to cancer prevention and early detection of cancer, supportive care needs, symptom experience and quality of life of cancer patients. She has obtained more than 20 research and knowledge transfer grants with a total of HK$12 million. She has published 95 papers in peer reviewed journals such as European Journal of Cancer, Cancer Nursing, Supportive Care in Cancer and Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Currently, Professor So is the Past President of Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS), and Council Member of the World Association for Chinese Quality of Life (WACQOL). She was the President of the Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) in 2016-2019, Board of Director of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) in 2012-2016, and Council Member of the Hong Kong College of Education and Research in Nursing in 2015-2017.

Awards, Honours, and Achievements
Research Awards
  • Best Poster Presentation Award, Eighth Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care 2018, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018)
  • Best Oral Presentation Award, Eighth Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care 2018, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018)
  • 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)
  • Best Research Poster Award, 1st International Congress on Innovations in Nursing 2003, Australia (2003)
  • Doris Kemp-Smith Award 2006-2007, University of Colorado, Denver (2007)
Teaching Award
  • Best Teacher Award (MPhil-PhD Programme) in academic year 2018-2019. Scholarship and Award Ceremony. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 22 May 2020. (2020)
  • Best Teacher Award (MPhil-PhD Programme) in academic year 2017-2018. Scholarship and Award Ceremony. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 10 May 2019. (2019)
  • Best Teacher Award (DNurs and MPhil-PhD Programmes) in academic year 2016-2017. Scholarship and Award Ceremony. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 11 May 2018. (2018)
Industry Award
  • Fellow Recognition Award: Gold Merit Award. The Hong Kong Academy of Nursing. 3 November 2018. (2018)
External Service
Honourary Academic/ Clinical Appointments
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Nursing (Research & Education – Education) (2012-present)
  • Visiting Fellow, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology (2018)
  • Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2017-present)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Union Hospital, Hong Kong (2015 – 2019)
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)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing (2019 – present)
Professional & Community Service
  • President, Asian Oncology Nursing Society (2016 – 2019)
  • Council Member, World Association for Chinese Quality of Life
  • Advisor, Symptom Management Group, Tianjin Medical Cancer Hospital, China (2009 – present)
  • Advisor, Education Committee, The Hong Kong Liver Transplant Patients’ Association (2009 – present)
  • Grant Reviewer, Metro South Research Support Scheme, Princess Alexandra Hospital Centres for Health Research (2017 – 2018)
  • Grant Reviewer, Research and Development Fund, President’s Advisory Committee on Research and Development (September 2017)
  • Member, Accreditation Team, Master of Nursing Programme, Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (December 2017)
  • Consultant, Accreditation Panel, Accreditation/ Re-accreditation of Nursing Programmes, The Nursing Council of Hong Kong (April 2015 – March 2021)
  • Examiner, Nursing Council Universal Licensing Examination (General) Registration, The Nursing Council of Hong Kong (March 2012 – March 2014)
  • Examiner, Nursing Council Licensing Examination for Part I (General) Registration, The Nursing Council of Hong Kong (2003 – 2004)
Academic Engagement
  • Teaching Programme
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) (2015 – present)
    • Doctor of Nursing Programme (DNurs) (2009 – present)
    • Master of Nursing Programme (MNurs) (2007 – present)
    • Master of Nursing Science (Pre-registration) Programme (MNSP) (2010 – 2019)
    • Bachelor of Nursing Programme (BNurs) (2001 – 2016)
    • Bachelor of Science in Gerontology (BScG) (2013 – 2019)
    • Professional Diploma Programme in Advanced Nursing Practice (2014 – 2020)
    • Advanced Diploma in Oncology Nursing (2010 – 2011)
    • Professional Certificate Programme in Nursing Leadership and Management (2018 – 2019)
  • Postgraduate Supervision Professor So successfully supervised 2 PhD and 5 DNurs students. Currently, 5 PhD and 5 DNurs students are under her supervision.
  • Programme Leadership
    • Programme Director, MPhil-PhD Programme (2015 – present)
    • Programme Director, Doctor of Nursing Programme (2015 –present)
    • Assistant Programme Coordinator, Doctor of Nursing Programmme (2011 – 2015)
    • Programme Coordinator, Master of Nursing Programme (2012 – 2015)
    • Programme Coordinator, Professional Diploma Programme in Advanced Nursing Practice (2014 – 2015)
    • Programme Coordinator, Advanced Diploma in Oncology Nursing (2010 – 2011)
  • Programme Leadership
    • Programme Director, MPhil-PhD Programme (2015 – present)
    • Programme Director, Doctor of Nursing Programme (2015 –present)
    • Assistant Programme Coordinator, Doctor of Nursing Programmme (2011 – 2015)
    • Programme Coordinator, Master of Nursing Programme (2012 – 2015)
    • Programme Coordinator, Professional Diploma Programme in Advanced Nursing Practice (2014 – 2015)
    • Programme Coordinator, Advanced Diploma in Oncology Nursing (2010 – 2011)
    • School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong (2019 – 2020)
    • Australian National University Medical School (2018)
    • School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (2017)
    • Hong Kong College of Medical Nursing (HKCMN) (2015 – 2019)
    • School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2014)
    • Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore (2014)
    • The Open University of Hong Kong (2010 – 2015)External Examiner
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

International Refereed Journals
Bai, Y., Wong, J. C. L., He, X., Wang, C. Y., So, W. K. W. (2020). Effectiveness of tailored communication intervention in increasing colonoscopy screening rates amongst first-degree relatives of individuals with colorectal cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 101, 103397; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.103397.
Chan, D.N.S., & So, W. K. W. (2020). The impact of community-based multimedia intervention on the new and repeated cervical cancer screening participation among South Asian women. Public Health, 178, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.106/j.puhe.2019.08.015.
So, W. K. W. , Law, B. M. H., Chan, C. W. H., Leung, D. Y. P., Chan, H. Y. L., Chair, S. Y. (2020) Development and evaluation of a multimedia intervention to promote cervical cancer prevention among South Asian women in Hong Kong. Ethnicity and Health. DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2019.1687657.
So, W. K. W. , Law, B. M. H., Chow, K .C., Chan, D. N. S., Chan, C. W. H. (2020). A mixed-method study examining cancer screening uptake among South Asian ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, 7 (1), 12-17. DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_36_19.
Zhu, Z., Xing, W., Zhang, X., Hu, Y., So, W. K. W. Cancer survivors’ experiences with financial toxicity: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Psycho-Oncology. (accepted for publication 10 February 2020)
Chan, D.N.S., So, W. K. W. (2019). Measuring acculturation of Pakistani women: A psychometric evaluation of Urdu version of the Short Acculturation Scale. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, 6 (4), 349-355.
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.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2019.03.001.
Ng, M. S. N., So, W. K. W. , Wong, C. L., Ho, Y. H., Ho, E. H. S., Choi, K. C., Cooper, B., Miaskowski, C. (13 August 2019). Stability and impact of symptom clusters in patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing dialysis. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. pii: S0885-3924 (19)30459-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.08.013.
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) March/April, E20-E30. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000543.
So, W. K. W. , Law, B.M.H., Chan, D.N.S., Xing, V.W.J., Chan, C.W.H., McCarthy, A. (3 July 2019). The effect of non-pharmacological interventions on managing symptom clusters among cancer patients: A systematic review. Cancer Nursing. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000730.
So, W. K. W. , Law, B. M. H., Choi, K. C., Chan, D. N. S., Chan, C. Y. 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: 652. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6995-7.
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. (2019). A mixed-method study of unmet supportive care needs among head and neck cancer survivors. Cancer Nursing, 42 (1): 67-78. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000542.
Wang, Q., So, W. K. W. , Yates. P. (2019). Report on International Conference on Cancer Care Nursing 2018: A Very Successful Conference in New Zealand. Asia Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, 6 (1), 98-100. doi: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_66_18.
Wong, C. L., Choi, K. C., Law, B. M. H., Chan, D. N. S., So, W. K. W. (2019). Effects of a community health worker-led multimedia intervention on the uptake of cervical cancer screening among South Asian women: A pilot randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (17), 3072; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173072.
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-randomised wait list controlled trial. Trials, 20: 270. doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-3378-4. (published online 14 May 2019).
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, 15, e142-146. http://doi.org/10.1111/ajco.13137.
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. Psycho-Oncology, 27 (4): 1257-1263. doi: 10.1002/pon.4663. Epub 2018 Mar 1.
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 tablets for self-reported symptom assessment in newly diagnosed lung cancer patients. International Journal of Nursing Practice. e12658. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijn.12658.
Chan, D. N. S., So, W. K. W. (2017).Translation and validation of translation in cross-cultural research: strategies used in a study of cervical cancer screening among ethnic minorities. International Journal of Nursing Practice. e12581. doi.org/10.1111/ijn.12581.
Chan, R.J., Yates, P., Li, Q., Komatsu, H., Lopez, V., Thandar, M., Chacko, T., So, W. K. W. , Pongthavornkamol, K., Yi, M., Pittayapan, P., Butcon, J., Wyld, D., Molassiotis, A. (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, 715 doi 10.1186/s12885-017-3733-3.
Molassiotis A, Yates P, Li Q, So, W. K. W. , Pongthavornkamol K., Pittayapan P, Komatsu H, Thandar M, Yi M, Chacko ST, Lopez V, Butcon J, Wyld W, Chan RJ on behalf of the 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.

Newspapers 
Hong Kong Economic Journal
Newspaper column entitled “腎衰竭護理從症狀入手”, C2 (7 February 2020) (in Chinese)
Newspaper column entitled “文化障礙莫忽視 南亞女性保健康”, C2 (2 January 2020) (in Chinese)
Newspaper column entitled “預防有法大腸癌莫「埋身」”, C2 (1 November 2018) (in Chinese)
Newspaper column entitled “本港南亞裔女性健康介入計劃”, C2 (4 January 2018) (in Chinese)
Newspaper column entitled “南亞裔成慢性病高危一族” (6 July 2017) (in Chinese)
South China Morning Post
Letter to the editor entitled “How South Asian women in Hong Kong can get a multimedia boost in cancer awareness” (2 June 2019)

Radio Interview (RTHK)
Interviewed about “Project of culturally sensitive website of chronic diseases prevention for South Asians in Hong Kong” (8 July 2018)
Interviewed about “Project of cancer prevention for south Asian women in Hong Kong” (18 December 2016)
Interviewed about “Oncology Care: Symptom management for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy” (3 November 2010)
Interviewed about “Cancer symptom management” (1 February 2008)

Television Interview (ViuTV)
- Interviewed about “南亞裔人士健康風險”, 杏林在線 (25 November 2017, 7pm)