Ho Yu Cheng

Ho Yu Cheng
The Chinese University of Hong Kong | CUHK · The Nethersole School of Nursing

PhD (Nursing), Pgd (Mental health and psychiatric nursing), BN (Hons)

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Introduction
Ho Yu Cheng currently works at the The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Ho Yu does research in Nursing Science, particularly in mental health and cardiovascular disease. She is interested in developing intervention based on psycho-physiological mechanisms to manage these interwined conditions. Previously, we have developed a theory- and evidence-based intervention to support the stroke caregivers, whose health are at risk due to the provision of complex care. Our team is currently testing the effects of a manipulation of autonomic function by caregivers on post-stroke depression.

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Publications (55)
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Family caregivers provide round-the-clock care to their family members who had a stroke. The detrimental effects of caregiving on caregiver’s health would lead to the abandonment of caregiver role and institutionalization of stroke survivors. This study aims to determine the factors associated with the perceived health status of family caregivers t...
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IntroductionDespite evidence suggesting an association between influenza infection and increased risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the older adult population (aged 65 years or above), little is known about its near-term risks in middle-aged adults (aged 45 to 64 years). This study aims to estimate the risks of and association between sev...
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Background Care homes have been disproportionately affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Practical challenges of enacting infection control measures in care home settings have been widely reported, but little is known about the ethical concerns of care home staff during the implementation of such measures. . Objectives To understand the ethical c...
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Background: Coronary heart disease (CHD), is the major contributor to cardiac-associated mortality worldwide. Lifestyle modification, including physical activity, is highly recommended for secondary prevention for patients with CHD. However, many people in Sri Lanka with CHD do not engage in adequate physical activity. Objective: To develop a cu...
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Background For hypertensive patients, self-care is of the utmost importance in disease management and health maintenance. However, due to inadequate motivation and self-efficacy in performing self-care behaviours, satisfactory self-care is difficult to initiate and maintain. Smartphone-based interventions with support from nurses may be an alternat...
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Aims and objectives: To develop and psychometrically test a food frequency questionnaire for adults at risk of coronary heart disease (Cardio-FFQ). Background: Comprehensive dietary assessment is critical for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, but appropriate instruments to perform this work are lacking. Design: A sequential mixed-metho...
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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic fundamentally disrupted humans’ social life and behavior. Public health measures may have inadvertently impacted how people care for each other. This study investigated prosocial behavior, its association well-being, and predictors of prosocial behavior during the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and soug...
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Background Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) are potentially effective psychological interventions for people with anxiety disorders. However, the effectiveness of MBIs for obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), a psychiatric diagnosis distinct from anxiety disorders in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disord...
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Background: Intermittent fasting is an effective approach to promote weight loss. The optimal model of intermittent fasting in achieving weight management and cardiometabolic risk reduction is an underexplored but important issue. Purpose: This study was designed to examine the effects of alternate-day fasting (ADF) and 16/8 time-restricted fast...
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A population-based cross-sectional study was conducted during the first COVID-19 wave, to examine the impact of COVID-19 on mental health using an anonymous online survey, enrolling 9565 individuals in 78 countries. The current sub-study examined the impact of the pandemic and the associated lockdown measures on the mental health, and protective be...
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Objective: Anticancer treatment may be associated with damage to the reproductive organs and risk of infertility in children with cancer. The collectivist cultural norms of Asian societies may lead Chinese parents to have unique concerns regarding infertility. This qualitative study explored the perceptions of infertility risk and parenthood among...
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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic is a massive health crisis that has exerted enormous physical and psychological pressure. Mental healthcare for healthcare workers (HCWs) should receive serious consideration. This study served to determine the mental-health outcomes of 1,556 HCWs from 45 countries who participated in the COVID-19 IMPACT project, a...
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For family caregivers allocated to the intervention group, they will be taught to deliver a 15-minute affective touch intervention to stroke survivors. To address the attention effect, family caregivers of control group will be asked to sit with the survivors during a 15-minute fine motor coordination exercise. Both activities, affective touching a...
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Objectives: Parents of children diagnosed with critical illnesses face multiple challenges during their caregiving experience. However, relevant studies have been limited in the Chinese context. Guided by the stress and coping model, we conducted a qualitative study to identify the stressors, coping strategies, and adjustment experiences of Hong K...
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This study aimed to compare the mediation of psychological flexibility, prosociality and coping in the impacts of illness perceptions toward COVID-19 on mental health among seven regions. Convenience sampled online survey was conducted between April and June 2020 from 9130 citizens in 21 countries. Illness perceptions toward COVID-19, psychological...
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Background The negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on public mental health can be persistent and substantial over a long period of time, but little is known regarding what psychological factors or processes can buffer such impact. The present study aimed to examine the mediating roles of coping, psychological flexibility and prosociality in the im...
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Background Solid fuel use for cooking is a main source of household air pollution, particularly in rural China. Evidence on the association between household air pollution and sleep quality remains limited. This study aimed to examine the association between household solid fuels used for cooking and sleep disturbance. Methods The data of 283,170...
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Purpose of study: To assess the magnitude of mental health outcomes and associated factors among frontline primary healthcare professionals caring for children and adolescents in the school communities during COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong. Methods: Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), Brief COPE and Mental Health Continuum-SF were used to survey 61 front...
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Background The COVID-19 pandemic triggered vast governmental lockdowns. The impact of these lockdowns on mental health is inadequately understood. On the one hand such drastic changes in daily routines could be detrimental to mental health. On the other hand, it might not be experienced negatively, especially because the entire population was affec...
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Little is known about the risk of hospitalization for cardiovascular disease after influenza infection in younger adults. This Hong Kong territory-wide study using clinical registry data between 1997 and 2017 examined the association between influenza-associated hospitalizations and the risk of subsequent hospitalization for heart failure (HHF) in...
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Background It is widely acknowledged that the experiences of frontline primary health care professionals during COVID-19 are important to understand how they respond and act under situations of pandemic as the gatekeepers in primary health care system. School nurses are primary health care professionals who lead health care in schools and practice...
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Background: Perceived stress can influence primary health care professionals' physical and emotional wellbeing by decreasing their efficiency and having a negative impact on their overall quality life.
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As the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues, engaging the public in adherence to precautionary measures for preventing COVID-19 spread or infection becomes difficult. The present study aims to extend our understanding of how illness perceptions, coping, and self-efficacy affect adherence to precautionary measures among the p...
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Background Stroke survivors often experience upper‐limb motor deficits and achieve limited motor recovery within six months after the onset of stroke. We aimed to systematically review the effects of robot‐assisted therapy (RT) in comparison to usual care on the functional and health outcomes of subacute stroke survivors. Methods Randomized contro...
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Objectives Children with cancer are exposed to repeated painful and invasive procedures. This study examines Chinese parents’ stress and perception towards their children’s procedural pain-control. Methods We recruited 265 parents of children (aged <18 years) diagnosed with hematological cancer (74.7%) and solid tumors (25.3%) from two major publi...
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Background: Valid and reliable assessment of the multidimensional self-care of patients with hypertension is important to tailor individualized care. The Hypertension Self-Care Profile (HBP SCP), which comprises behavior, motivation, and self-efficacy scales, has been widely tested in various settings. Objective: The aims of this study were to t...
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Background: Despite the positive effect of physical activity on reducing depressive symptoms among patients with coronary heart disease (CHD), the effect of physical activity on depressive symptoms is poorly understood. Aims: To examine the mediating role of physical activity self-efficacy in the relationship between leisure-time physical activi...
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Current psychosocial interventions in schizophrenia are evidenced to improve patients' illness-related knowledge, mental status and relapse rate, but substantive benefits to patients, such as their functioning and insight into the illness, remain uncertain. This multi-centre randomised clinical trial aimed to examine the effects of mindfulness-base...
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Background: Existing studies have indicated that poor self-care in heart failure (HF) patients may differ according to gender but such studies remain scarce among Chinese HF patients. Objective: To explore gender difference in correlates of self-care in Chinese HF patients. Method: A cross-sectional study on Chinese HF patients (n = 127) from...
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Background: Cardiac arrest (CA) remains the leading cause of premature deaths. Survivors often suffer from ischaemia-reperfusion injuries, which lead to neurological damage, cognitive impairment and psychosocial problems. While most survivors have to be assessed and deemed neurologically and functionally fit enough before discharge, adequacy of cog...
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About one‐third of adults are physically inactive and thus prone to cardiovascular diseases. While self‐efficacy mediates health behavior, its influences on exercise behavior among Chinese is yet to be explored by a validated instrument. This study aimed to examine the psychometric properties of the Hong Kong Chinese version of the Cardiac Exercise...
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Objectives Hypertension is a global health issue. Electronic health (eHealth) is a potential alternative for managing hypertension and modifying hypertension-related self-care set of behaviour. This review aims to identify the delivery mode and strategies used by current eHealth interventions and examine the effectiveness of eHealth on blood pressu...
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Background: Physical inactivity is a major modifiable lifestyle risk factor associated with cardiovascular disease. Tai Chi is a safe and popular form of physical activity among older adults, yet direct comparisons are lacking between Tai Chi and brisk walking in their ability to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors and improve psychosocial...
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Background: Family caregivers provide the foundation for long-term home care of stroke survivors. The overwhelming stress associated with caregiving hinders the ability of family caregivers to utilise their internal and external resources to cope with this situation, thereby placing their own health at risk. We conducted a randomised controlled tr...
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Background: Development of silicosis is a global occupational hazard, characterized by progressive and irreversible deterioration of lung function. Established associations between the decreased lung function and low-grade systemic inflammation place adults with silicosis at extreme risk of developing DM, but little is known about the prevalence of...
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Background: Silicosis, an occupational lung disease caused by the inhalation of crystalline silica, is characterized by progressive and irreversible deterioration of lung function. Insulin resistance associated with impaired lung function places people with silicosis at aggregate risk of cardiometabolic disease. However, little is known about the c...
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Autism is a developmental disorder that starts before age 3, and children with autism has impairment in both social interaction and communication, and has restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities. There is a strong heritable component of autism and autism spectrum disorder as studies have shown that pare...
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Background Menopause is an inevitable stage affecting every middle-aged woman. China has a large and increasing group of post-menopausal women. Most post-menopausal women suffer from increased risks for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and sleep problems. Previous studies have demonstrated the associations between sleep disorders and increased CVD ris...
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Background: Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) are more prone to cardiometabolic diseases comparing to the general population. Apart from the influence of heritable factors and psychotropic medication, physical inactivity is a well-known modifiable attributes to chronic inflammation influencing the physical and mental well-being. With th...
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Background Despite well-established benefits of exercise in the management of metabolic syndrome, evidence to support exercise adherence after program completion is lacking. We used a smartphone-based exercise adherence intervention (Virtual Trainer; Ex-VT) for adults with metabolic syndrome in Hong Kong, China. The objectives were to measure the f...
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Background: Heart failure (HF) is a physically and socially debilitating disease that carries the burden of hospital re-admission and mortality. As an aging society, Hong Kong urgently needs to find ways to reduce the hospital readmission of HF patients. This study evaluates the effects of a nurse-led HF clinic on the hospital readmission and mort...
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Heart failure (HF) is a potentially fatal disease that affects increasing number of people worldwide. Although heart transplant is the "gold standard" therapy for HF, due to the limited availability of organs, many patients died when waiting for the transplant. Left ventricular assist device (LVAD), as a mechanical circulatory support, has become a...
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Objectives: This study examined the role of social support and other factors in relation to exercise and diet self-efficacy in Chinese patients with coronary heart disease in Hong Kong. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on a convenience sample identified from two cardiac rehabilitation centers. Eighty-five participants joined the st...
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PurposeTo develop a Chinese version of the Caregiving Competence Scale (CCS-C) and evaluate its psychometric properties.DesignA multicenter, cross-sectional study design.Methods Brislin's translation method was used to translate the CCS into Chinese. Its psychometric properties were tested with 118 Chinese family caregivers of stroke survivors.Find...
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Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for family caregivers on their psychosocial and physical wellbeing, quality of life, and the use of healthcare resources by stroke survivors. Methods Electronic English and Chinese bibliographic databases were searched (inception to January 2012) for clinical trials. Two reviewe...
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Background: Family caregivers play a significant role in the rehabilitation of stroke survivors. Various types of psychosocial interventions have been developed to improve the well-being of both stroke survivors and their caregivers. However, studies showed the results to be mixed and provided insufficient evidence about the optimal dose, approach...
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Trend of changes: Overall prevalence of hypertension (HT) increased from 18.0% (1995-6) to 27.2% (2003-4). Also, age-adjusted prevalence increased in 15.7% from 1995 to 2001. The prevalence trend among age groups was upward. People aged > 64 have particular higher risk of suffering HT (53.2% in 1995-6;70% in 2003-4). Challenges of HT: Ageing popula...

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Although physical activity (PA) is cardiometabolically and psychologically beneficial to adults with intellectual disability, its initiation and maintenance remain problematic. This project is to examine the effects of a music-visual guided PA intervention on the PA level, PA self-efficacy and interest as well as functional exercise capacity of these adults.
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Aim: To identify the role of NARs in addressing future health care needs, including recommendations on their contribution and role in the health system.
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This is a longitudinal study to follow the health change of old people in Hong Kong community