Disrupted sexual function is a prevalent and sustained side effect experienced by women treated for reproductive cancers and has been shown to be related to poorer marital relationship, emotional well-being and quality of life. However, sexual health care for this group of women has been neglected in most countries or regions including Hong Kong due to cultural and clinical challenges.
Professor Chow Ka Ming has received training in sexuality counselling with sexual health certificate from the University of Michigan, and obtained government funding to conduct research in this neglected area. Her early research revealed that impaired sexual function was prevalent among Chinese women treated for gynaecological cancer. To enhance the quality of sexuality nursing care in Hong Kong, she has developed culturally appropriate, evidence-based psychoeducational and sexual rehabilitation programmes for this group of women and evaluated these programmes using randomised control trials. These trials have demonstrated beneficial effects on improving sexual function among the target recipients. To facilitate translation of evidence into clinical practice, she has developed a practice model of sexuality nursing care to enhance the provision of sexuality care for patients with gynaecological cancer in a mixed-method study. Professor Chow is going to implement a multimodal couple-coping intervention for premenopausal breast cancer patients to evaluate its effect on sexual adjustment, relationship quality, and quality of life. Our team’s research involves long-term international collaboration with experts from mainland China, Australia, United States, and United Kingdom. She has also actively disseminated her research findings through internationally refereed publications and conference presentations, as well as local newspapers to increase public awareness on sexual health for women with female reproductive cancers.
Related Research Projects
|Project Title||Funding Source||Principal Investigator||Project Period|
|Randomised controlled trial of a multimodal couple-coping intervention to enhance couples’ sexual adjustment after treatment for premenopausal breast cancer||General Research Fund (GRF)||CHOW Ka Ming||2023–2024|
|Rebuilding sexuality and intimacy after treatment for gynaecological cancer, through a nurse-led sexual rehabilitation intervention: A randomised controlled trial||Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) – Research Fellowship Scheme||CHOW Ka Ming||2019–2021|
|A practice model to enhance the provision of nursing care to manage sexuality issues in gynecological cancer patients in Hong Kong||General Research Fund (GRF)||CHOW Ka Ming||2017–2018|
|A randomised controlled trial of psycho-educational interventions for reducing uncertainty and anxiety, and improving sexual functioning among gynecological cancer patients in Hong Kong||Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)||CHOW Ka Ming||2016–2018|
|Chow, K. M., Chan, C. W. H., & Law, B. M. H. (2021). Perceptions of Chinese patients treated for gynaecological cancer about sexual health and sexual information provided by health care professionals: A qualitative study. Cancers, 13, 1654. http://doi.org/10.3390/cancers13071654|
|Chow, K. M., Chan, C. W. H., Choi, K. C., White, I. D., Siu, K. Y., & Sin, W. H. (2020). A practice model of sexuality nursing care: A concept mapping approach. Supportive Care in Cancer, 1–11. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05660-1|
|Chow, K. M., Chan, C. W. H., Choi, K. C., Siu, K. Y., Fung, H. K. S., & Sum, W. M. (2020). A theory-driven and evidence-based psycho-educational intervention programme for gynaecological cancer patients during treatment trajectory: A randomised controlled trial. Psycho-Oncology, 29, 437–443. http://doi.org/10.1002/pon.5284|
Knowledge Transfer Activities
In the Press/Media Interviews:
- 周嘉明、Alexandra McCarthy、梁慧儀、蔡繼洲、陳葉詠嫻、朱杰敏及蕭家儀（2022年4月1日）。婦女自主癌症康復之路 [Cancer rehabilitation programme for women treated for cancer]。《信報財經新聞》
- 周嘉明 （2020年12月 3日）。〈婦癌康復者 重建性生活與親密關係〉[Rebuilding sexuality and intimacy after treatment for gynaecological cancer]。《信報財經新聞》。
- Chow, K. M. & Chan, C. W. H. (2020, June 12). Hong Kong needs to open up on how cancer affects sexual health: Let nurses show the way. South China Morning Post.
- 周嘉明、陳葉詠嫻、蔡繼洲、蕭家儀及冼惠霞（2019年7月4日）。〈全港首研之性護理臨床指引〉[The first newly developed practice model of sexuality nursing care in Hong Kong]。《信報財經新聞》。
- 周嘉明、陳葉詠嫻及梁慧儀 （2019年2 月28日）。 〈手機平台助婦癌患者踏上幸福路〉[An online self-care programme for gynaecological cancer patients in Hong Kong]。《信報財經新聞》。
- 周嘉明及梁慧儀 （2018年11月30日）。 〈婦科癌症心理教育〉[Psycho-educational interventions for gynaecological cancer]。《信報財經新聞》。
Health Resources Developed:
Cancer and Palliative Care
Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Stroke Care
Ageing, Behavioural and Mental Wellness
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