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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
SCOPUS Author ID: 55968015200
Loop Profile: 1049798
Google Scholar: 55968015200
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)
Lee, J. L. C.*, Kwan, R. Y. C., & Lou, V. W. Q. (2023). The experience of participating in remotely delivered online exercise class during the COVID-19 pandemic among community-dwelling older adults and its post-pandemic implications. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 31(4), 642-650. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2022-0122 
Kwan, R. Y. C., Ng, F., Lai, M., Wong, D., & Chan, S.* (2023). The effects of Digital Buddy programme on older adults’ mental well-being: Study protocol for a multi-centre, cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, 24, Article 95. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-023-07130-5 
Wong, A. K. C., Bayuo, J., Wang, S., Kwan, R. Y. C., Lam, S. C., & Wong, F. K. Y. (2023). Factors associated with the perceptions of eHealth technology of Chinese nurses and nursing students. Nurse Education in Practice, 69, Article 103605. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2023.103605 
Deng, R., Zhu, N., Yang, L., Wang, X., Tuo, J., Chen, L., & Kwan, R. Y. C. (2023). Experiences and perspectives of healthcare professionals implementing advance care planning for people suffering from life-limiting illness: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. BMC Palliative Care, 22, Article 55.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12904-023-01176-7 
Lam, S. C., Suen, L. K. P., Huang, E. Y. Z.*, Wong, E. M. L., & Kwan, R. Y. C. (2023). Sensitivity and specificity of conventional and new face validation in determining the incomprehensible items by older people: Empirical evidence of testing 106 quality of life items. Aging Medicine, 6(3), 230-238. (In press). https://doi.org/10.1002/agm2.12254 
Kwan, R. Y. C., Liu, J. Y. W., Lee, P. H., Sin, O. S. K., Wong, J. S. W., Fu, M. R. & Suen, L. K. P. (2023). The effects of an e-health brisk walking intervention in increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in physically inactive older people with cognitive frailty: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 24, Article 339. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-023-07335-8 
Tang, A. C. Y., Cheng, W. L. S., Wong, J. S. W., Luk, K. K. H., Kwan, R. Y. C., & Suen, L. K. P. (2023). Improving multidisciplinary collaboration among baccalaureate nursing students with Challenge-Based Learning: A quasi-experimental study in Hong Kong samples. Science Talks, 6, Article 100175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sctalk.2023.100175 
Liu, J. Y. W., Yin, Y., Kor, P. P. K., Kwan, R. Y. C., Lee, P. H., Chien, W. T., Siu, P. M., & Hill, K. D. (2023). Effects of an individualised exercise programme plus behavioural change enhancement (BCE) strategies for managing fatigue in frail older adults: A cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics, 23, Article 370. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-023-04080-0 
Rosser, E. A., Edwards, S., Kwan, R. Y. C., Ito, M., Hodges, K. T., Potter, D. R., & Buckner, E. (2023). The Global Leadership Mentoring Community: An evaluation of its impact on nursing leadership. International Nursing Review, 70(3), 279-285. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12860 
Kwan, R. Y. C.*, Ng. F., Lam, L. C. W., Yung, R. C., Sin, O. S. K., & Chan, S. (2023). The effects of therapeutic virtual reality experience to promote mental well-being in older people living with physical disabilities in long-term care facilities. Trials, 24, Article 558. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-023-07592-7
Xian, L. Y., Dai, M., Zhao, F., Shen, Y. S., Kwan, R. Y. C., Salvador, J. T., Yang, P., Zhang, L., Luo, Y. W., & Liu, Q. (2023) Assessing the risk factors associated with sarcopenia in patients with cirrhosis: a case-control study. Scientific Reports, 13, Article 21845. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-48955-z
Kwan, R. Y. C., Yeung, J. W. Y., Lee, J. L. C., & Lou, V. W. (2023). The association of technology acceptance and physical activity on frailty in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic period. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity20(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-023-00334-3
Liu, J. Y. W., Man, D. W. K., Lai, F. H. Y., Cheung, T., Cheung, A. K. P., Cheung, D. S. K., Choi, T. K. S., Fong, G. C. H., Kwan, R. Y. C., Lam, S., Ng. B. T. Y., Wong, H., Yang, L., & Shum, D. H. K. (2023). A Health App for Post-Pandemic Years (HAPPY) for people with physiological and psychosocial distress during the post-pandemic era: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Digital Health9, 20552076231210725. https://doi.org/10.1177/20552076231210725
Ho, L., Kwan, R. Y. C., Yuen, K. M., Leung, W. C., Tam, P. N., Tsim, N. M., & Ng, S. (2023). The effect of aerobic exercises on arterial stiffness in older people: A systematic review and meta-analysis. The Gerontologist, 3, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnad123
Kwan, R. Y. C. #, Lam, S. C. #, Wang, S. L., Wong, A. K. C., Shi, L., & Wong, F. K. Y. (2022). Perception of E-health Technology Scale in Chinese-Brief (PETS-C Brief): Translation, item reduction, and psychometric testing. Digital Health, 8. https://doi.org/10.1177/20552076221126055 
Huang, E. Y., Cheung, J., Liu, J. Y. W., Kwan, R. Y. C., & Lam, S. C.* (2022). Groningen Frailty Indicator-Chinese (CFI-C) for pre-frailty and frailty assessment among older people living in the community: Psychometric properties and diagnostic accuracy. BMC Geriatrics, 22, Article 788. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-022-03437-1 
Kwan, R.Y.C., Liu, J.Y.W., Lee, P.H., Ng, S.Y., Cheung, D.S.K., Kor, P.P.K., Lam, S.C., Lo, S.K.L., Yang, L., Chan, S.K., & Chian, V.C.L. (2022). Sarcopenia and its association with objectively measured life-space mobility and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in the oldest-old amid the COVID-19 pandemic when a physical distancing policy is in force. BMC Geriatrics, 22,250.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-022-02861-7
Kwan, R. Y. C., Kwan, C. W., Kor, P. P. K., & Chi, I. (2022). Cognitive decline, sensory impairment, and the use of audio-visual aids by long-term care facility residents. BMC geriatrics22(1), 216. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-022-02895-x
Xu, X.Y., Kwan, R.Y.C., Miao, J., Chai, A., Leung, A.Y.M. (2022). Telephone-based behavioral activation for improving sleep quality in family caregivers of people with dementia: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy53(5), 887-899. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2022.02.007
Xu, X. Y., Leung, D., Leung, A. Y. M., Kwan, R. Y. C., Liang, T. N., & Chai, A. J. (2022). “Am I entitled to take a break in caregiving?”: Perceptions of leisure activities of family caregivers of loved ones with dementia in China. Dementia21(5), 1682-1698. https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012221093879
Salihu, D., Wong, E. M. L., Kwan, R. Y. C., Bello, U. M., Chutiyami, M., Leung, A. Y. M., ... & Leung, D. Y. P. (2022). Translation, cross-cultural adaptation, and psychometric properties of the Hausa version of the Insomnia Severity Index among internally displaced persons in Africa. Sleep Medicine96, 57-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2022.03.011
Kor, P. P. K., Yu, C. T. K., Liu, J. Y. W., Cheung, D. S. K., Kwan, R. Y. C., Leung, A. Y. M., ... & Hon, J. M. K. (2022). Pilot evaluation of a home‐based multi‐sensory cognitive stimulation intervention for older people with dementia and caregiver dyads during the COVID‐19 pandemic. International journal of older people nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111%2Fopn.12471
Kor, P.P.K., Liu, J.Y.W., & Kwan, R.Y.C. (2022). Exploring Nursing Students' Learning Experiences and Attitudes toward Older Persons in a Gerontological Nursing Course Using Self-regulated Online Enquiry-based Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Methods Study. (2022). Nurse Education Today, 111, 105301. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105301
Lo, S.K.L., Liu, J.Y.W., Cheung, D.S.K., Kwan, R.Y.C., Kor, P.P.K., Lam, S.C., Chiang, V.C.L. (2022). “How are You Doing?” on the Healthy Aging of the Community-Dwelling Oldest-Old in the Shadow of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Research on Aging45(3-4), 280-290. https://doi.org/10.1177/01640275221100949
Salihu, D., Wong, E. M. L., Kwan, R. Y. C., Ho, G. W. K., Chutiyami, M., Surajo, K. S., ... & Leung, D. Y. (2022). Anxiety, depression and stress among internally displaced persons and host community in an armed conflict region: A comparative study. Psychiatry research315, 114700. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2022.114700
Kor, P. P. K., Kwan, R. Y. C., Cheung, D. S. K., & Lai, C. (2022). The utilization of a nurse‐led clinic by older people with cognitive complaints: Do they follow our advice?. International Journal of Nursing Practice28(6), e13096. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijn.13096
Tam, A. C. Y., Chan, A. W. Y., Cheung, D. S. K., Ho, L. Y. W., Tang, A. S. K., Christensen, M., ... & Kwan, R. Y. C. (2022). The effects of interventions to enhance cognitive and physical functions in older people with cognitive frailty: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity19(1), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-022-00299-9
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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