External Research Grants

Private Philanthropic Organisations


Donation from the Trustees of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust on a “Pilot Project on Health Support for Families of Ethnic Minority” (from 1st October 2021 to 30th September 2024)


K.S. & Feili Lo Foundation Limited


Golden Jubilee Charity Foundation



Commissioned Projects/ Consultancies


Commissioned research on COVID-19 by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine on “Enhancing risk communication with socially marginalized groups: A study on the inclusiveness of ethnic minority in risk communications during COVID-19” (From 1st January 2022 to 31 August 2022)



Commissioned researches on COVID-19 by the HMRF of the Food and Health Bureau on

    • “Investigation of Hong Kong’s early detection, assessment and response (S-EDAR) system to the new emerging infectious disease outbreak COVID-19 (from 1st May 2020 – 30th April 2022” ;
    •  “Epidemic Intelligence and a data informed risk assessment system to inform policy decisions critical for maintaining systems control of COVID-19 in strategies to enhance recovery” (from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2024)


Consultancy study by Social Welfare Department on

    • the Evaluation of the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Services Voucher for the Elderly as Extended (from 28th October 2020 to 27th January 2022)
    • the Evaluation of the Extended Pilot Scheme on Support for Elderly Persons Discharged from Public Hospitals after Treatment (from 12 July 2021 – 11 March 2023)


Consultancy study on the evaluation of the Sham Shui Po District Health Centre which is a contract variation approved by the Food and Health Bureau in addition to the evaluation of Kwai Tsing District Health Centre FHB (till 31st December 2023)



Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) for 2020/21 – One-off CRF Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Novel Infectious Disease (NID) Research Exercise was award on “Resilient PPE Supply Chains for Hong Kong Health Systems: Current and Post Covid-19 Pandemic” (from 1st March 2021 to 28 February 2023)




Patient Experience Survey



Yeoh EK, Kwon SM, Ng CW, Rampal S, Lee V, Chiew CJ, Wang WB, Hashimoto H. Technical Report on Government Response Measures to COVID-19 – Key Policy Lessons.  Accessed at This report is funded by WHO Social Science Working Group and published in GOARN.

COVID-19 papers:

Sun KS, Lau TSM, Yeoh EK, Chung VCH, Leung YS, Yam CHK, Hung CT. Effectiveness of different types and levels of social distancing measures: a scoping review of global evidence from early stage of COVID-19 pandemic. BMJ Open, in press.



Kwan TH, Wong NS, Yeoh EK, Lee SS. Shifts of SARS-CoV-2 exposure settings in the transmission clusters of 2 epidemic waves in Hong Kong. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. Accepted.



Guo Z, Zhao S, Lee SS, Mok CKP, Wong NS, Wang J, Jia, KM, Wang MH, Chow TY, Chong KC, Yeoh EK. Superspreading potential of COVID-19 outbreak seeded by Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2 in Hong Kong. Journal of Travel Medicine. In press.



Wang K, Wong ELY, Cheung AWL, Yau PSY, Chung VC, Wong CHL, Dong D, Wong SYS and Yeoh EK (2021) Influence of Vaccination Characteristics on COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Working-Age People in Hong Kong, China: A Discrete Choice Experiment. Front. Public Health 9:793533. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.793533



Chong KC, Jia K, Lee SS, Hung CT, Wong NS, Lai FTT, Chau N, Yam CHK, Chow TY, Wei Y, Guo Z, Yeoh EK. Characterization of Unlinked Cases of COVID-19 and Implications for Contact Tracing Measures: Retrospective Analysis of Surveillance Data. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2021;7(11):e30968 doi: 10.2196/30968 PMID: 34591778



Kwan TH, Wong NS, Yeoh EK, SS Lee. Mining relationships between transmission clusters from contact tracing data: An application for investigating COVID-19 outbreak. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 Nov; 28(11): 2385–2392.  doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocab175



Wong ELY, Ho KF, Dong D, Cheung AWL, Yau PSY, Chan EYY, Yeoh EK, Chien WT, Chen FYH, Poon S, Zhang QP, Wong SYS. Compliance with Standard Precautions and Its Relationship with Views on Infection Control and Prevention Policy among Healthcare Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health March 2021; 18(7):3420 at



Yeoh EK, Chong KC, Chiew CJ, Lee VJ, Ng CW, Hashimoto H, Kwon SM, Wang WB, Chau NNS, Yam CHK, Chow TY, Hung CT. Assessing the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on the transmissibility and severity of COVID-19 during the first five months in the Western Pacific Region. One Health 2021 (online)



Wang KL, Wong ELY, Ho KF, Cheung AWL, Yau PSY, Dong D, Wong SYS, Yeoh EK. Change of willingness to accept COVID-19 vaccine and reasons of vaccine hesitancy of working people at different waves of local epidemic in Hong Kong, China: repeated cross-sectional surveys. Vaccines 2021 (online)



Wang K, Wong ELY, Ho KF, Cheung AWL, Chan EYY, Yeoh EK, Wong SYS. Intention of nurses to accept coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination and change of intention to accept seasonal influenza vaccination during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey. Vaccine 2020, 21;38(45):7049-7056. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.09.021



Wong MCS, Wong ELY, Huang J, Cheung AWL, Law K, Chong MKC, Ng RWY, Lai CKC, Boon SS, Lau JTF, Chen Z, Chan PKS. Acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine based on the health belief model: A population-based survey in Hong Kong. Vaccine. 2021 Jan 6:S0264-410X(20)31695-9.



Wu YS, Yan X, Zhao S, Wang JX, Ran JJ, Dong D, Wang M, Fung H, Yeoh EK, Chung RYN. Association of time to diagnosis with socioeconomic position and geographical accessibility to healthcare among symptomatic COVID-19 patients: a retrospective study in Hong Kong. Health & Place Nov 2020:66:102465



Wong NS, Lee SS, Kwan TH, Yeoh EK. Settings of virus exposure and their implications in the propagation of transmission networks in a COVID-19 outbreak. The Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific Nov 2020



Dong D, Xu RH, Wong ELY, Hung CT, Feng D, Feng ZC, Yeoh EK, Wong SYS. Public Preference for COVID-19Vaccines in China: a Discrete Choice Experiment. Health Expectations Sept 2020.



Wong ELY, Ho KF, Wong SYS, Cheung AWL, Yau PSY, Dong D, Yeoh EK. Views on Workplace Policies and its Impact on Health-related Quality of Life During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic: Cross-sectional Survey of Employees. International Journal of Health Policy and Management Aug 2020. Online



Wong ELY, Yeoh EK, Dong D. Covid-19: transforming healthcare will require collaboration and innovative policies. BMJ 2020;369:02229 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.m2229

Other papers:

Zhang H, Wong ELY, Yeoh EK, Ma BHM. Development of an explicit tool assessing potentially inappropriate medication using Hong Kong elder patients. BMC Geriatrics, 2021 (in press)



Chan CY, Cheung G, Martinez-ruiz A, Chau YK, Wang KL, Yeoh EK, Wong ELY. (2021) Caregiver burnout of community-dwelling people with dementia in Hong Kong and New Zealand: A cross-sectional study. BMC Geriatrics, 2021 (in press)



Fung VL, Lai AH, Yam CH, Wong ELY, Griffiths SM, Yeoh EK. Healthcare vouchers for better elderly services? Input from private healthcare service providers in Hong Kong. Health Soc Care Community. 2020 Oct 31.



Wang K, Wong AYK, Wong ELY, Cheung AWL, Yeoh EK. The perception of older and other stakeholders on long-term care services with higher individual autonomy: A qualitative study in Hong Kong and analysis of official data during 2004-2016. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2019; 20(3): B34.



Yeoh, E.K., Yam, C.H.K., Chong, K.C., Chow, T.Y., Fung, V.L.H., Wong, E.L.Y., & Griffiths, S.M. (2020) An evaluation of universal vouchers as a demand-side subsidy to change primary care utilization: A retrospective analysis of longitudinal services utilization and voucher claims data from a survey cohort in Hong Kong. Health Policy, 124(2), 189-198.



Ka Chun Chong, Hong Fung, Carrie Ho Kwan Yam, Patsy Yuen Kwan Chau, Tsz Yu Chow, Benny Chung Ying Zee, Eliza Lai Yi Wong, Maggie Haitian Wang & Eng Kiong Yeoh. Long-term effectiveness of elderly health care voucher scheme strategies: a system dynamics simulation analysis. BMC Public Health, 21, Article number: 1235 (2021).