Research Areas

Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care

How can we improve the health and primary care services for people from low-income families or disadvantaged population?

Can the routine measurement of patients' health-related quality of life improve the quality of medical care?

How can we implement best practice in chronic disease management in real world primary care?

How can we promote better health through social media or mobile applications?

How can we reduce treatment burden and / or improve patient capacity?

How can mental health be better delivered in primary care?

What is the profile and impact of non-communicable diseases?

How can the quality of primary care be measured?

Major Research Areas

Health-related quality of life (HRQOL):
Validation and standardisation of Patient Reported Outcome Measures; clinical application of HRQOL outcome measures; quality of life of patients with chronic diseases, measurement of health preference (utility); and application of HRQOL outcomes in cost-effectiveness analysis.

Medical education:
Undergraduate and postgraduate medical education research with a combined qualitative and quantitative approach with specific interests in the following areas:

  • Student and doctor wellbeing.
  • Pedagogical innovation.
  • Continuing medical education for primary care doctors.
  • Core competencies in family medicine and primary care.

Primary care services and health equity:
Evaluation of outcome and quality of care of primary care through big data analysis; effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new model of chronic disease care, diagnosis and management of common health problems; use of antibiotics; health equity and health for marginalised groups; sexual health and HIV.

Mental Health:
Epidemiology, diagnosis and management of common mental health problems; and evaluation of mental health services.

Non-communicable diseases (e.g. hypertension and diabetes):
Observational and genetic epidemiology; trajectory patterns on clinical, treatment and complication profiles among non-communicable diseases; Non-communicable disease burden on local health service utilisation and health policy; Causes of and interventions (e.g. continuity of care) for non-communicable diseases prevention and treatment.

Chairman of Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee

Professor T.P. Lam
Tel: 2518 5657
Email: tplam@hku.hk