Dr Hong Chen


Research Fellow

Role at Hull York Medical School

Dr Hong Chen is a Research Fellow in cancer-related applied health research.  


Dr. Hong Chen has many years’ experience in cancer-related applied health research, with a background in public health and health protection. Her research interest has been to improve quality of life in cancer patients, drawing on resources from family, health and social care systems, and wider social and cultural environment. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods but her strength is in researching sensitive and complex issues relating to cancer using qualitative methods. She has significant research experience and knowledge in the following cancer-related areas: screening, early diagnosis, urgent and emergency care, palliative care needs assessment, psychological and social aspects of living with cancer, volunteer work in end-of-life care, care for the dying, health literacy, inequalities in access to care and so on.


Early diagnosis of cancer, cancer screening, urgent and emergency cancer care, palliative care needs assessment tool, end-of-life care studies.


View Hong Chen's publications on ORCID.

Selected publications

Allgar VL, Chen H, Richfield E, Currow D, Macleod U and Johnson MJ (2018) Psychometric properties of the Needs Assessment Tool - Progressive Disease Cancer in UK Primary Care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.07.002

Chen H, Johnson M, Boland E, Seymour J and Macleod U (2018) Emergency admissions and subsequent inpatient care through an emergency oncology service at a tertiary cancer centre: service users’ experiences and views. Support Care Cancer, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-018-4328-5.

Rees I, Jones D, Chen H and Macleod U (2017) Interventions to improve the uptake of cervical cancer screening among lower socioeconomic groups: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine, DOI:10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.11.019.

Johnson M, Allgar V, Chen H, Dunn L, Macleod U and Currow D (2017) The complex relationship between household income of family caregivers, access to palliative care services and place of death: A national household population survey. Palliative Medicine, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216317711825.

Perkins E, Gambles M, Houten R, Harper S, Haycox A, O’Brien T, Richards S, Chen H, Nolan K and Ellershaw JE (2016) The care of dying people in nursing homes and intensive care units: a qualitative mixed-methods study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 4 (20).

Germain A, Nolan K, Doyle R, Mason S, Gambles M, Chen H, Smeding R and Ellershaw J (2016) The use of reflective diaries in end of life training programmes: a study exploring the impact of self-reflection on the participants in a volunteer training programme. BMC Palliative Care, DOI: 10.1186/s12904-016-0096-5 (Open Access).

Chen H, Nicolson DJ, Macleod U, Allgar V, Dalgliesh C and Johnson M (2015) Does the use of specialist palliative care services modify the effect of socioeconomic status on place of death? A systematic review. Palliative Medicine, DOI: 10.1177/0269216315602590 (Open Access).

Chen H, Komaromy C and Valentine C (2014) From hope to hope: The experience of older Chinese people with advanced cancer. Health, 19(2): 154–171.

Chen H (2012) End-of-life care in China: Ecology of hope. PhD Thesis, The Open University, Milton Keynes.