Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Stroke Care

Our mission is to generate new knowledge in cardiovascular, metabolic and stroke care through impactful research:

  • Research in cardiovascular care addresses the needs of individuals who have or are at risk of developing cerebro-cardiovascular diseases (CVD).
  • Research in metabolic care emphasises on the prevention of metabolic syndrome, non-pharmacological management and CVD risk reduction in individuals with metabolic syndrome, and lifestyle interventions for individuals with diabetes, with inter-disciplinary and innovative approaches being adopted in the studies to maximise client and nursing outcomes.
  • Research in stroke care focuses on empowering stroke survivors and their caregivers with knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage their conditions to promote health-related quality of life.

Signature Research Work

International Research Collaborations

• Translation of instrument in collaboration with Prof. Fadol from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
- Chair, S.Y., Wang, Q., Yu, M., So, W.K.W., Tian, C., Sit, J.W.H., ... Fadol, A. (2016). A psychometric evaluation of the Chinese version of the M.D. Anderson Symptom Inventory-Heart Failure in Chinese cancer patients with concurrent heart failure. Rehabilitation Nursing, 0 , 1-9. doi:10.1002/rnj.259.

• Translation of instrument in collaboration with School of Nursing, University of Michigan, USA
- Sit, W.H.J., Chair, S.Y., Cheng, L., Cheng, H.Y., & Wang, Q. Left Ventricular Assist Device: Patient and Caregiver Home Management Adherence Scale; Patient and Caregiver Self-efficacy Scale (on-going).

Selected Research Projects​

Research Highlights

Building Self-management Skills to Enhance Stroke Survivors’ Recovery

The physical and psychosocial challenges that stroke survivors face after discharge from hospitals are enormous. Professor Suzanne Lo and Professor Janita Chau conducted a research to look into the effectiveness of a self-efficacy and outcome-expectation enhancing self-management programme on community-dwelling stroke survivors’ recovery. The findings supported this innovative model of stroke self-management during transition back to home.


Related publications
  • Lo, S. H. S., Chang, A. M., Chau, J. P. C., & Gardner, G. (2013). Theory-based self-management programs for promoting recovery in community-dwelling stroke survivors: A systematic review. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 11(12), 157−215. doi: 10.11124/jbisrir-2013-1056
  • Lo, S. H. S., Chang, A. M., & Chau, J. P. C. (2018). Stroke self-management support improves survivors’ self-efficacy and outcome expectation of self-management behaviors. Stroke, 49(3), 758-760. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.117.019437.

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Stroke Caregiver: How to Take Care of Yourself?

The overwhelming stress associated with caregiving hinders the ability of family caregivers to utilise their internal and external resources to cope with daily problems thereby placing their own health at risk. Our randomised controlled trial showed that family caregivers who received our strength-oriented psychoeducational programme improved their problem-solving coping abilities, caregiving competence and reduced caregiving burden. Caregivers joining the programme also have improved family functioning and social support. (Professor Ho Yu CHENG, Professor Sek Ying CHAIR and Professor Janita CHAU)


Related publications
  • Cheng, H. Y., Chair, S. Y., & Chau, J.P. C. (2018). Effectiveness of a strength-oriented psychoeducation on caregiving competence, problem-solving abilities, psychosocial outcomes and physical health among family caregiver of stroke survivors: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 87, 84-93.
  • Cheng, H. Y., Chair, S. Y., & Chau, J. P. C. (2017). Psychometric evaluation of the Caregiving Competence Scale among Chinese family caregivers. Rehabilitation Nursing, 42(3), 157-163. Doi:10.1002/rnj.207.
  • Cheng, H. Y., Chair, S. Y., & Chau, J. P. C. (2014). The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for stroke family caregivers and stroke survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Patient Education and Counseling, 95(1), 30-44.

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