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Professor Rick Yiu Cho KWAN (關耀祖教授)
Associate Dean (Programmes) & Professor (副院長(課程)及教授)
Office: 16/F, School of Nursing, Ma Kam Chan Memorial Building, 31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 3468 6813
Prof Rick Kwan is a registered nursing in Hong Kong. He is specialized in gerontological nursing with strong research and educational foci on cognitive frailty, dementia care, ehealth, and geotechnology. He is also active in serving at various professional organizations related to nursing and gerontology.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
RN, PRCC in Intensive Care Nursing (IANS), PRCC in Renal Nursing (SPACE, HKU)
Author Identifications
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4332-780x
Scopus ID: 55968015200
Loop profile: 1049798
PhD, School of Nursing, PolyU 
MSc (Clinical Gerontology), School of Public Health, CUHK
BN, Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK
Honours and Awards
Outstanding Alumni Award, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2021)
Emerging Nurse Researcher/Scholar Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2020)
Faculty Award in Teaching, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2019/2020)
School Teaching Award, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2020)
Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (2019)
Scholarship Award, Pi Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2017)
Teaching Areas
Gerontological Nursing
Care of people with dementia and cognitive impairment
Nursing Research
Research Interests
Cognitive frailty (physical activity, nutrition and dietary interventions, cognitive training to promote cognitive functions)
Dementia care (non-pharmacological intervention to manage BPSD)
E-Health (Persuasive technology to promote health behaviours)
Gerontechnology (VR, smartphone, wearable sensors, AI)
Funded Projects (Selected)
Virtual reality motor-cognitive training for older people with cognitive frailty. Innovation and Technology Fund For Better Living, Innovation and Technology Bureau (PI, ITB/FBL/5015/19/P), Hong Kong, 2020-2022 – HKD2,918,125
Intelligent dementia risk prediction system with community health profile of elderly. Innovation and Technology Fund, Hong Kong, 2019-2021 – Mid-stream Research Program, Innovation and Technology Bureau (Co-I, MRP/015/18), 2019-2021 – HKD3,200,000
Managing frailty in daily living through a collaborative approach: A MOOC project. Education Development Centre, PolyU (PI), 2019-2020 – HKD953,224
Virtual hospital. Large Equipment Fund for Teaching, PolyU. (Co-PI), Hong Kong, 2021-2022 – HKD1,778,000
The use of persuasive technology to promote moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) through habitual brisk walking in the free-living environment of the older people with cognitive frailty: A feasibility study. Startup fund for new staff, PolyU. (PI), Hong Kong, 2017-2019 – HKD400,000
Standardization of an acupressure protocol for managing agitation in nursing home residents with dementia: A pilot study
Publications (Selected)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Liu, J. Y. W., Fong, K. N. K., Qin, J., Leung, P. K., Sin, O. S. K., Hon, P. Y., Suen, L. W., Tse, M. K., & Lai, C. K. (2021). Feasibility and Effects of Virtual Reality Motor-Cognitive Training in Community-Dwelling Older People With Cognitive Frailty: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Serious Games, 9(3), e28400. https://doi.org/10.2196/28400 (Impact Factor: 4.143)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Lee, P. H., Cheung, D. S. K., & Lam, S. C. (2021). Face Mask Wearing Behaviors, Depressive Symptoms, and Health Beliefs Among Older People During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Front Med (Lausanne), 8, 590936. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2021.590936 (Impact Factor: 3.900)
Kwan, R. Y., Lee, D., Lee, P. H., Tse, M., Cheung, D. S., Thiamwong, L., & Choi, K. S. (2020). Effects of an mHealth Brisk Walking Intervention on Increasing Physical Activity in Older People With Cognitive Frailty: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 8(7), e16596. https://doi.org/10.2196/16596 (Impact Factor: 4.301)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Cheung, D. S. K., & Kor, P. P. (2020). The use of smartphones for wayfinding by people with mild dementia. Dementia (London), 19(3), 721-735. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218785461 (Impact Factor: 1.768)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Kwan, C. W., Bai, X., & Chi, I. (2020). Cachexia and Cognitive Function in the Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Mediation Effects of Oral Health. J Nutr Health Aging, 24(2), 230-236. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-019-1303-x (Impact Factor: 2.66)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Liu, J. Y. W., Lee, D., Tse, C. Y. A., & Lee, P. H. (2020). A validation study of the use of smartphones and wrist-worn ActiGraphs to measure physical activity at different levels of intensity and step rates in older people. Gait Posture, 82, 306-312. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.09.022 (Impact Factor 2.379)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Salihu, D., Lee, P. H., Tse, M., Cheung, D. S. K., Roopsawang, I., & Choi, K. S. (2020). The effect of e-health interventions promoting physical activity in older people: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur Rev Aging Phys Act, 17, 7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-020-00239-5 (Impact Factor: 2.517)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Cheung, D. S. K., Lo, S. K. L., Ho, L. Y. W., Katigbak, C., Chao, Y. Y., & Liu, J. Y. W. (2019). Frailty and its association with the Mediterranean diet, life-space, and social participation in community-dwelling older people. Geriatr Nurs, 40(3), 320-326. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.12.011 (Impact Factor: 1.541)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Leung, A. Y. M., Yee, A., Lau, L. T., Xu, X. Y., & Dai, D. L. K. (2019). Cognitive Frailty and Its Association with Nutrition and Depression in Community-Dwelling Older People. J Nutr Health Aging, 23(10), 943-948. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-019-1258-y (Impact Factor: 2.868)
Kwan, R. Y. C., Leung, M. C. P., & Lai, C. K. Y. (2017). A Randomized Controlled Trial Examining the Effect of Acupressure on Agitation and Salivary Cortisol in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 44(1-2), 92-104. https://doi.org/10.1159/000478739 (Impact Factor: 3.511)
Community/ Professional Contributions (Selected)
Co-opted member of the Registered Nurse (General) Examination Sub-committee (RNGES), Nursing Council of Hong Kong (2020 – present)
Committee member, Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (2020 – present)
Council member, Hong Kong Association of Gerontology (201- - present)
President, Pi Iota At-large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2020 – present)
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Problem-based Learning (2021 – present)
Reviewer Editor, Frontier in Psychiatry, Impact Factor 2019: 2.849 (2021 – present)
Editorial Board Member, BMC Geriatrics, Impact Factor: 3.882 (2021 – present)

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