Research Projects
Prehabilitation to Enhance Recovery After Surgery in Individuals with Inactive Lifestyles: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

Area of research

Prehabilitation, Surgical recovery, Physical inactivity, Healthy lifestyle


Project objective

The main aim of the proposed is to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a prehabilitation programme in individuals with inactive lifestyles. In addition, this study will examine the potential effect of the programme on functional capacity, postoperative hospital length of stay, postoperative pulmonary complications, health related quality of life, and activity levels. We hypothesise that conducting a prehabilitation programme for individuals with inactive lifestyles is feasible and acceptable.


Professor CC Lin, School of Nursing

Professor Chia-Chin Lin is currently Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation Professor in Nursing, and Head at HKU School of Nursing. Prior to joining the HKU, Professor Lin served as Dean at College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University between 2011 and 2017.

As a global healthcare educator, researcher, and leader, Professor Lin’s career encompasses the mission of research, education, and practice. Professor Lin’s areas of research expertise include cancer pain management, symptom management, end of life care, and physical activity in cancer and palliative care. She is the author of more than 200 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and she has received numerous research awards and served as a member of editorial boards of renowned journals. She translates evidence to improve healthcare, implement teaching innovations, and provides leadership to upgrade education, research, and practice.

Professor Lin is an International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame awarded by Sigma Theta Tau International and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Taipei Medical University, her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing and Educational Psychology.  She also obtained an EMBA from National Taiwan University.


For more information or to express interest for this project, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the project description.  Interested candidates are advised to enclose with your email:

  1. your CV,
  2. a brief description of your research interest and experience, and
  3. two reference letters (not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med]/URIS projects).

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