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Dr Patsy Chau is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Sau Po Centre on Ageing under the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. She received her BSocSc(Stat) in 2000 and PhD in 2005 from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science of The University of Hong Kong. Also, she is one of the CADENZA Fellows trained by the CADENZA Leadership Programme which nurtures future academic leaders in gerontology. She joined The University of Hong Kong as Research Assistant Professor for the project entitled “CADENZA: A Jockey Club Initiative for Seniors” in the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2007 and joined the School of Nursing as Assistant Professor in 2012. She has published about 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Age and Ageing, European Journal of Public Health, and Cerebrovascular Diseases.
Her research interests include applying statistics in the fields of gerontology, public health, and epidemiology. She is experienced in statistical analyses of large databases. She has published a series of articles on the trends of the common illnesses among the older people in Hong Kong, such as hip fracture, stroke, ischemic heart diseases, and diabetes. These articles enrich the literature on the global trends by providing the recent trends among the Chinese population; and the revealed trends inform the needs for different prevention strategies locally. Besides, she collaborated with International Longevity Centre—USA in analysing avoidable mortality and avoidable hospitalisation statistics in various world cities. These studies provide evidence that weak primary care is reflected by the high avoidable mortality and avoidable hospitalisation, indicating the needs to improve the primary care system. She has also been involved in designing, planning and implementing surveys, such as examining the long-term care preference and institutionalisation rate among the older Hong Kong population. The studies aim to promote aging-in-place by identifying the risk factors of institutionalisation.