Dr Hong Chen


Research Fellow

Role at Hull York Medical School

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


Hong has many years’ experience in cancer-related health services research, with a background in management studies, public health, and health protection.


  • 2012 PhD: “End-of-life Care in China: Ecology of Hope”, The Open University (Minor correction)
  • 2008 MSc in Health Protection, Jagiellonian University (Distinction)
  • 2007 Master of Public Health, University of Sheffield (Distinction)
  • 1996 Bachelor of Management Studies, Yunnan University (Merit)

Previous posts

  • 09/2012 – 08/2013: Research Associate, Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, University of Liverpool
  • 2004-2006: Project manager, ORBIS International (http://www.orbis.org)
  • 2002-2004: PA to President and Financial Controller, China-America Education Foundation

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

Chen H, Walabyeki J, Johnson M, Boland E, Seymour J, et al. (2019) An integrated understanding of the complex drivers of emergency presentations and admissions in cancer patients: Qualitative modelling of secondary-care health professionals’ experiences and views. PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216430. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216430

Allgar VL, Oliver SE, Chen H, Oviasu O, Johnson MJ, Macleod U. Time intervals from first symptom to diagnosis for head and neck cancers: An analysis of linked patient reports and medical records from the UK. Cancer Epidemiology. 2019;59:37-45.

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.

Honours and awards

Erasmus Mundus grant (full scholarship) awarded by the European Commission for Masters Studies at Jagiellonian University and University of Sheffield.