Professor Sian M. Griffiths, OBE, JP (葛菲雪教授)
MA, MB BChir, MSc, FFPH (UK), FRCP (Lond),
FRCP (Edin), Hon FRSPH, Hon DSc,
FHKCCM, FHKAM (Community Medicine), Hon FHKCCM, HonFFPH

Senior Adviser, International Academic Development                                                                                                                        
Emeritus Professor

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Trained as a doctor Professor Griffiths practiced as a service based public health physician at local, regional and national level in UK before moving to her academic career as Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care and Founding Director of Centre for Global Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where in 2005 she was invited to develop public health at CUHK following her co chairing of the HKSAR governments inquiry into the 2003 SARS epidemic whilst President of the UK Faculty of Public Health. Now based in the UK with her own consultancy, SM Griffiths Ltd, she remains Senior Adviser on International Academic Development to the Vice Chancellor at CUHK.  In the UK she is providing advice to the UK government as Healthcare Sector Specialist for Hong Kong in Healthcare UK, is Associate Board member for Public Health England and chairs their Global Health Committee and is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London.

In Hong Kong Prof Griffiths continues to serve on the management board of the CCOUC with its focus on disaster response and humanitarian response. She retains her advisory role with the HKSAR government on the healthcare reform agenda continuing to chair the Task Force on Conceptual Model and Preventive Protocols for Primary Car as well as continuing to sit on FHB's Research committee, acts as deputy chair of the GRB and be a member of the 2014 Research Assessment panel for medical sciences. 

During her time in Hong Kong she established a wide network of contacts in mainland China and South East Asia.  Her Middle East experience includes being a member of the National Health Authority of Qatar. In 2012 she was made Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University for her work on collaborative research between Cardiff and CUHK. She was made JP by the HKSAR government in 2010 for her contribution to health in Hong Kong. She is a Patron of PHAST and maintains her UK networks. In 2012 she was named Professional of the Year in the AMCHAM Women of Influence Awards. She has recently edited the Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia and is finalizing a report for the HKSAR government on professional regulation. As Senior Academic Adviser on International Development for her university she represents CUHK within the World University Network.

PhD Supervision:

Vincent Chung: Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Western Clinical Practice: Implications for Health Services (2005 – 2009)

Liu Qiang: Health Systems and Policy (2006 - )

Mou Jin: Healthcare Utilization and the Health Insurance Programme Evaluation in Rural-to-urban Migrant Workers (2007 - 2010)

Johnson Lau: Internet Addiction (2007 - 2011)

Doris Wong [joint with Prof. Samuel Wong]: Coping among autistic parents (2007 - )

Cai Yue [joint with Prof. Emily Chan]: Migrant Children Health (MPhil, 2007 – 2009)

Dr Abhishek Sharma, Rhodes Scholar, Visiting students from University of Oxford (2008)

Hildy Fong: Migration and Immunisation Policy (2008 - 2011)

Eliza Cheung [joint with Prof. Emily Chan]: Psychological First Aid (2009 - )

Wang, Haoxiang Harry: [joint with Prof. Martin Wong]: Comparison of Primary Care Services among Six Cities in Pearl River Delta, China (2009-2012)

Alvin Wong [joint with Prof. Jean Kim]: Alcohol and youth culture (2010 - )

Li Haitao [joint with Prof Xiaolin Wei] (2011- )

Wang Xiaohui [joint with Prof Su Liu] (2012 - )

Bedru Hussen Mohammed [joint with Prof Joseph Harwell] (2012 - )

Carrie Yam [joint with Prof. EK Yeoh] (2012 - )

Teaching Modules   BSc; Medical Students; MPH
PBH 7000 Foundations of Public Health
PBH 7003 Health Policy and Management
PBH 7505 Health Care Systems & Policies

Research interests 
  • Health Policy
  • Equity and Health: migration as a focus
  • Community based health systems
  • Health in student populations

Selected Publications
Primary care

Wong MCS, Tam WW, Cheung CS, Tong EL, Sek AC, Cheung NT, Yan BP, Yu CM, Griffiths S. Antihypertensive prescriptions over a 10-year period in a large Chinese population. American Journal of Hypertension 2013 July;26(7):931-8
doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpt049

Wong MC, Liu KQ, Wang HH, Lee CL, Kwan MW, Lee KW, Cheung Y, Lee GK, Morisky DE, Griffiths S. Effectiveness of a pharmacist-led drug conseling on enhancing antihypertensive adherence and bold pressure control: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2013 Jul;53(7):753-61

Wong MC, Ching JY, Lam TY, Luk AK, Hirai HW, Griffiths S, Chan FK, Sung JJ. Prospective cohort study of compliance with faecal immunochemical tests for colorectal cancer screening in Hong Kong. Preventive Medicine 2013 May.
pii: S0091-7435(13)00180-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.05.017

Wong MC, Hirai HW, Luk AK, Lam TY, Ching JY, Griffiths S, Chan FK, Sung JJ. The knowledge of colorectal cancer symptoms and risk factors among 10,078 screening participants: are high risk individuals more knowledgeable?  PLoS One 2013;8(4):e60366 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060366

Wong MCS, Tam WWS, Cheung CSK, Tong ELH, Sek ACH, John G, Cheung NT, Yan BPY, Yu CM, Leeder S, Griffiths S. Initial antihypertensive prescription and switching: a 5 year cohort study from 250,851 patients. PLoS One 01/2013; 8(1):e53625

Chor JSY, Leung J, Griffiths S, Leung PC. Assessment of malnutrition in community Chinese elderly: a hidden problem in a developed society. ISRN Geriatrics 2013; 2013. Article ID564342 /

Griffiths S, Lee JPM. Developing Primary Care in Hong Kong: Evidence into Practice and the Development of Reference Frameworks. Hong Kong Medical Journal  2012 Oct; 18(5):429-434

Quartey NK, Ma PHX, Chung VCH, Griffiths S. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Education for Medical Profession: Systematic Review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; 2012, Article ID656812

Wong MC, John GK, Hirai HW, Lam TY, Luk AK, Ching JY, Ng SS, Chan FK, Griffiths S, Sung JJ. Changes in the choice of colorectal cancer screening tests in primary care setting from 7,845 prospectively collected surveys.  Cancer Causes Control 2012; 23(9):1541-1548

Wong MC, Lau RK, Jiang JY, Griffiths S. Discontinuation of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors: a cohort study.  Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. 2012 Jun;37(3):335-41

Wong CS, Leung CM, Tsnag C, Lo SV, Griffiths S. The Rising Tide of Diabetes Mellitus in a Chinese Population: A Population-based Household Survey on 121,895 Persons. International Journal of Public Health 2013 April;58(2):269-76.   doi:10.1007/s00038-012-0364-y

Wong CS, Tam WS, Cheung C, Tong E, Sek A, Cheung NT, Leeder S, Griffiths S. Medication Adherence to First-line Antihypertensive Drug Class in a Large Chinese Population. International Journal of Cardiology. Published online 3 May 2012. doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.04.060

Kung K, Lam A, Wong KW, Chan CW, Wong C, Wong SYS, Griffiths S, Plint S.  Commentary: Family medicine internship training: importance for Hong Kong’s primary care.  Hong Kong Medical Journal April 2012; 18(2):167-169

Chan EYY, Goggins W, Kim JJ, Griffiths S. A study of intracity variation of temperature-related mortality and socioeconomic status among the Chinese population in Hong Kong. J Epidemiol Community Health 2012 Apr;66(4):322-327 doi:10.1136/jech.2008.085167

Wong MCS, Kong APS, So WY, Tse SLA, Wang HHX, Jiang JJ, Chan JCN, Griffiths S. Pharmacoepidemiological profiles of oral hypoglycemic agents among 28,773 Chinese Patients with diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2012; 96(3):319-325

Wong CS, Jiang J, Griffiths S. Adherence to Lipid-lowering Agents among 11,042 Patients in Clinical Practice. International Journal of Clinical Practice 2011 65(7):741–748

Kung K, Wong YSS, Wong C, Wong CS, Gao T, and Griffiths S. Family Medicine Training in Hong Kong's Public Health Care System: A Focus Group Study. Hong Kong Practitioner 2011; 33(3):97–106

Wong CS, Wang HX, Jiang J, Leeder S, Griffiths S. Predictors of switching from beta-blockers to other anti-hypertensive drugs: a review of records of 19,177 Chinese patients seen in public primary care clinics in the New Territory East, Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Family Medicine 2011 Jul 27;10:10

Mercer SW, Griffiths S, Lam CL, Lee A, Wong WC, Lam TP, Hillier S, Philips DR, Jones RH. Incentives and barriers to adopting the family doctor model in Hong Kong: an in-depth qualitative study of the views, knowledge, and attitudes of patients.  Hong Kong Medical Journal  2011 June: 17(3 suppl 3):25-27

Wong CS, Su XF, Jiang J, Tang JL, Griffiths S. Profiles of Discontinuation and Switching of Thiazide Diuretics: A Cohort Study among 9398 Chinese Hypertensive Patients. Hypertension Research 2011; 34(7):888–893

Wong CS, Jiang JY, Yan BP, Griffiths S. Subjects at risk of discontinuation of lipid-lowering agents: a 6-month cohort study among 12,875 patients in a Chinese population. Clinical Therapeutics 2011 May; 33(5):617-28

Wang WZ, Tang JL, Hu YH, An JG, Wang YL, Ren ZH, Zhang H, Griffiths S. Gap between evidence and physicians’ knowledge and pactice regarding hypertension and its drug treatment: a survey in a Chinese city. Chinese Medicine Journal 2011 Apr; 124(8):1235-41

Wong CS, Jiang Y, Griffiths S.  Factors Associated with Compliance to Thiazide Diuretics Among 8,551 Chinese Patients.  Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics April 2011;36(2):179–186

Wong CS, Kong APS, So WY, Jiang J, Chan JCN, Griffiths S,. Adherence to oral hypoglycemic agents in 26,782 Chinese patients: a cohort study. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2011; 51(10):1474-82

Wong CS, Jiang J, Griffiths S. Factors Associated with Antihypertensive Drug Compliance in 83,884 Chinese Patients: A Cohort Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2010 Oct;64(10):895-901

Wong MC, Jiang JY, Griffiths S. Switching of antihypertensive drugs among 93,286 Chinese patients: a cohort study. Journal of human hypertension 2010;24(10):669-677.  doi:10.1038/jhh.2009.109

Wong MC, Tsoi KK, Ng SS, Lou VW, Choi SY, Ling KW, Chan FK, Griffiths S, Sung JJ. A comparison of the acceptance of immunochemical faecal occult blood test and colonoscopy in colorectal cancer screening: a prospective study among Chinese.  Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2010 Jul;32(2):74-82

Wong SYS, Kung K, Griffiths S, Carthy T, Wong MC, Lo SV, Chung VC, Goggins WB, Starfield B. Comparison of primary care experiences among adults in general outpatient clinics and private general practice clinics in Hong Kong. BMC Public Health 2010 Jul 6; 10:397.

Wong MCS, Jiang JY, Griffiths S.  Antihypertensive drug adherence among 6,408 Chinese patients on angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors in Hong Kong: a cohort study.  Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2010 May; 50(5):598-605

Wong MC, Jiang JY, Griffiths S. Adherence to combination therapy among ethnic Chinese Patients: a cohort study. Hypertension Research 2010 May;33(5):416-21

Wong MC, Jiang JY, Su X, Wang H, Tang JL, Griffiths S. Individuals at risk of beta-blocker discontinuation: a cohort study in 19,177 Chinese patients.  Clinical Research in Cardiology 2010 May: 99(5):277-84

Mercer SW, Siu JY, Hillier SM, Lam CLK, Lo YYC, Lam TP, Griffiths S. A Qualitative study of the views of patients with long-term conditions on family doctors in Hong Kong.  BMC Family Practice  2010 June 4;11:46

Wong SYS, Lau CHJ, Wong EMC, Chung VCH, Lo SV, Goggins W Griffiths S. Geographical and household variation in health related quality of life in Hong Kong. Health and Place 2010 Mar;16(2):315-20 DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.10.015

Jiang J, Wong M, Zhang XH, Fung H, Griffiths S, Mercer S. Profiles of mortality among Chinese hypertensive patients in Hong Kong: a cohort study. Journal of Human Hypertension, 2009 Nov;23(11):735-42

Wong M, Lam AT, Li DKT, Lau JTF, Griffiths S, Sung JJY.  Factors associated with practice of colorectal cancer screening among primary care physicians in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional study.  Cancer Epidemiol, 2009 Oct; 33(3-4): 201-6

Wong MCS, Jiang JY, Griffiths S. Short-term adherence to beta-blockers therapy among ethnic Chinese patients with hypertension: a cohort study. Clinical Therapeutics 2009 Oct; 31(10):2170-7

Wong MSC, Jiang JY, Griffiths S. Factors associated with compliance, discontinuation and switching of calcium channel blockers in 20,156 Chinese Patients. American Journal of Hypertension 2009 Aug;22(8):904-10

Wong M, Jiang J, Gibbs T, Griffiths S. Factors Associated with Antihypertensive Drug Discontinuation among Chinese Patients: A Cohort Study. American Journal of Hypertension, 2009 Jul;22(7):802-10

Tsoi Kelvin, Pau Carol, Wu William, Chan Francis, Griffiths S, Sung Joseph.  Cigarette smoking and the risk of colorectal cancer: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. 2009 June;7(6):682-88

Jiang J, Wong M, Ali M, Griffiths S, Mercer S. Association of antihypertensive monotherapy with serum sodium and potassium levels in Chinese patients. American Journal of Hypertension, 2009 Mar;22(3):243-9

Wong M, Jiang J, Lam AT, Fung H, Griffiths S, Mercer S. Pattern of antihypertensive prescribing, discontinuation and switching among a Hong Kong Chinese population from over one million prescriptions. Journal of Human Hypertension 2008 Oct; 22(10):714-6
doi: 10.1038/jhh.2008.83

Wong CS, Jiang Y, Ali MK, Fung H, Griffiths S, Mercer SW.   Antihypertensive drug class risk association among Chinese patients with uncomplicated hypertension.  Journal of Human Hypertension 2008; 22 (9):648-651

Wong M, Jiang J, Fung H, Griffiths S, Mercer S.  Antihypertensive drug class and impaired fasting glucose: a risk association study among Chinese patients with uncomplicated hypertension.  BMC Clinical Pharmacology, 2008 Sep 10; 8:6

Sung Joseph JY, Choi Susanne, YP, Chan Francis KL, Ching Jessica YL, Lau Joseph TF, Griffiths S. Obstacles to Colorectal Cancer Screening in Chinese: A Study Based on Health Belief Model. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2008 April;103(4):974-81

Li Donald KT, Griffiths S, Wong Andromeda HS, Yeoh, EK. The Primary Care System and Health Insurance in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Practitioner, March 2008; 30(1): 38-42

Health Systems

Liu S, Yam CHK, Huang OHY, Griffiths S. Willingness to pay for private primary care services in Hong Kong: are elderly ready to move from the public sector? Health Policy and Planning 2012 Nov;1-13

Wong EL, Coulter A, Cheung AW, Yam CH, Yeoh EK, Griffiths S. Patient experiences with public hospital care: first benchmark survey in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Medical Journal 2012 Oct;18(5):371-80

Yam CHK, Liu S, Huang OHY, Yeoh EK, Griffiths S. Can vouchers make a difference to the use of private primary care services by older people? Experience from the healthcare reform programme in Hong Kong.  BMC Health Services Research 2011 Oct 7;11:255

Liu S, Griffiths S. From economic development to public health improvement China faces equity challenges.  Public Health 2011 Oct;125(10):669-74 doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2011.08.004

Griffiths S. Social inequalities: do they matter to medical mangers?  The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators; The Quarterly – September 2011, P671

Wong EL, Leung MC, Cheung AW, Yam CH, Yeoh EK, Griffiths S. A population-based survey using PPE-15: relationship of care aspects to patient satisfaction in Hong Kong. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2011 Aug;23(4):390-6

Wong JY, Chan FW, You JH, Wong EL, Chung VC, Griffiths S. Yeoh EK. Patient self-management and the role of pharmacists: developing a consensus-based policy framework.  Hong Kong Medical Journal 2011 Jun;17(3 suppl 3):16-9

Wong ELY, Yam CHK, Chan FWK, Cheung AWL, Wong FYY, Griffiths S, Yeoh EK. Perspective from health professionals on delivery of sub-acute care in Hong Kong: a qualitative study in a health system.  Health Policy 2011 May;100(2-3):211-8 doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.10.022

Woo J, Goggins W, Zhang XH, Griffiths S, Wong V. Aging and utilization of hospital services in Hong Kong: retrospective cohort study. International of Public Health 2010 Jun;55(3):201-7

Griffiths S. Reflections on health care reform. Perspectives in Public Health 2010 Jan; 130(1):8

Chan Frank , Fan Alex, Wong Fiona, Lam Philip, Yeoh EK, Yam Carrie, Griffiths S, Lam D, Congdon, N. Waiting time for cataract surgery and its influence on patient attitudes.  Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science,  2009 Aug;50(5):2011-7 doi:10.1167/iovs.08-3025

Kwok T, Lee J, Woo J, Lee Dianna TF, Griffiths S. A randomized controlled trial of a community nurse-supported hospital discharge programme in older patients with chronic heart failure. Journal of Clinical Nursing 2008; 17(1):109-117

China related

Mou J, Griffiths S, Fong H, Dawes MG. Health of China’s rural-urban migrants and their families: a review of literature from 2000 to 2012. British Medical Bulletin 2013;106:19-43. dio:10.1093/bmb/ldt016

Yang N, Wei X, Li H, Zhang Z, Rodas J, Wong YS, Wong MCS, Gao Y, Wang J, Li DKT, Tang JL, Griffiths S. Elderly healthcare service at the community health centers in the Pearl River Delta Region, China. Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health 2013;1(1):30-36.

Gao Y, Li L, Chan EYY, Lau J, Griffiths S. Parental migration, self-efficacy and cigarette smoking among rural adolescents in South China. PLOS One. 2013;8(3):e57569 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057569

Mou J, Fellmeth G, Griffiths S, Dawes M, Cheng JQ. Tobacco Smoking among Migrant Factory Workers in Shenzhen, China.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2013;15(1);69-76.

Wong MC, Wang HX, Wong SYS, Wei XL, Yang N, Zhang Z, Li HT, Gao Y, Li D, Tang JL, Wang JJ, Griffiths S. Performance comparison among the major healthcare financing systems in six cities of the Pearl River Delta Region, Mainland China.  PLoS One 2012;7(9):e46309 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046309.

Jiang YL, Wei XL,  Griffiths S, 王 天朝. The Analysis about Operational State of Community Health Service Centers/Stations in Dalang Town and Tangxia Town of Dongguan City. Chinese General Practice 2012;15(1B):190–193

Abdullah AS, Fu H, Xiao X, Hurlburt S, Ng P, MacLeod W, Siegel M, Griffiths S, Zhang ZY.  Second-hand smoke exposure and household smoking bans in Chinese families: a qualitative study.  Health and Social Care in the Community 2012 Jul;20(4):356-64 doi:10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01035.x

Congdon N, Li LP, Zhang MZ, Yang A, Gao Y, Griffiths S, Wu JS, Sharma A, Lam DSC.  Randomized, Controlled Trial of an Educational Intervention to Promote Spectacle Use in Rural China.  Ophthalmology 2011 Dec;118(12):2343-50

Zhang MZ, Wu XF, Li LP, Huang YQ, Wang G, Lam KM, Lam SC D, Gao Y, Griffiths S,  Congdon N. Understanding Barriers to Cataract Surgery Among Older Persons in Rural China Through Focus Groups. Ophthalmic Epidemiology 2011; 18(4):179-86

Griffiths S.  Progress and pollution: the challenges for China. The Lancet 2011 May;377(9780):1826

Bangdiwala SI, Tucker JD, Zodpey S, Griffiths S, Li LM, Reddy KS, Cohen MS, Gross M, Sharma K, Tang JL.  Public Health Education in India and China: History, Opportunities, and Challenges. Public Health Reviews 2011; 33(1):204-24

Mou J, Cheng JQ, Griffiths S, Wong SYS, Hillier S, Zhang D. Internal Migration and Depressive Symptoms among Migrant Factory Workers in Shenzhen, China. Journal of Community Psychology 2011; 39(2):212-230

Wei XL, Zou GY, Zhang H, Li RZ, Walley JD, Jiang SW, Yin J, Jin SG, Li Y, Sun Q, Newell JN, Griffiths S, Wang L. Evaluating the impact of decentralizing tuberculosis microscopy services to rural township hospitals in Gansu Province, China. BMC Public Health 2011;11:103

Griffiths S, Tang JL. Healthcare reform in China and the challenges for public health education. Public Health 2011 Jan;125(1):3-5

Zhang D, Mou J, Cheng JQ, Griffiths S. Public health services in Shenzhen: a case study. Public Health 2011 Jan;125(1):15-19

Li LM, Tang JL, Lv J, Jiang Y, Griffiths S. The need for integration in health sciences sets the future direction for public health education. Public Health 2011 Jan;125(1):20-24

Mou J, Griffiths S, Fong HF, Hu QH, Xie X, He YQ, Ma HW, Cheng JQ.  Seroprevalence of rubella in female migrant factory workers in Shenzhen, China.  Vaccine 2010 Nov 23;28(50):7844-51

Chan EYY, Griffiths S. The implication of water on public health: The case of China. Perspectives in Public Health September 2010;130(5): 209-210 doi:10.1177/1757913910379187

Chan EYY, Griffiths S. The Epidemiology of Mine Accidents in China.  Lancet Aug 2010; 376 (9741): 575-577

Griffiths S. Leading a Healthy Lifestyle: the Challenges for China.  Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health 2010 Jul;22(3): 110S-116S

Zhang M, Li L, Chen L, Lee J, Wu J, Yang A, Chen C, Xu D, Lam DS, Sharma S, Griffiths S, Gao Y, Congdon N. Population density and refractive error among Chinese children. Investigative Ophthalmology &  Visual Science 2010 May;51(10):4969-76 doi: 10.1167/iovs.10-5424

Griffiths S, Li LM, Tang JL, Ma X, Hu YH, Fu H, Meng QY.  The Challenges of Public Health Education with a Particular Reference to China. Public Health, 2010 Apr;124(4):218-24

Li LP, Lam KM, Lu YG, Ye YR, Lam DSC, Yao Y, Sharma A, Zhang MZ, Griffiths S, Congdon N. Attitudes of Students, Parents and Teachers Toward Glasses Use in Rural China. Archives of Ophthalmology 2010;128(6):759-765

Chan EYY, Gao Y, Griffiths S. Literature review of health impact post-earthquakes in China 1906-2007.  Journal Public Health (Oxf) 2010 Mar:31(1):52-61

Li LP, Lam KM, Lu YG, Ye YR, Lam DSC, Yao Y, Sharma A, Zhang MZ, Griffiths S, Congdon N. Attitudes of Students, Parents and Teachers Toward Glasses Use in Rural China. Archives of Ophthalmology 2010;128(6):759-765

Congdon N, Li LP, Lam DSC, Sharma A, Griffiths S, Gao Y, Pang CP. Height, stunting and refractive error among rural Chinese schoolchildren: The See Well to Learn Well Project. American Journal of Ophthalmology 2010 Feb; 149(2):347-53

Gao Y, Li LP, Kim JH, Congdon N, Lau J, Griffiths S.  The impact of parental migration on health status and health behaviours among left behind adolescent school children in China. BMC Public Health 2010 Feb 3;10(1):56

Tang JL, Wang WZ, An JG, Hu YH, Cheng SH, Griffiths S.  How willing are the public to pay for anti-hypertensive drugs for primary prevention of cariovascular disease: a survey in a Chinese city.  International Journal of Epidemiology 2010 Feb;39(1):244-54. doi:10.1093/ije/dyp213

Zhang MZ, Wu J, Li LP, Xu DC, Lam SCD, Lee J W, Griffiths S and Congdon N. "Impact of Cataract Screening Outreach in Rural China". Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science; 51(1):110-114

Chan EYY, Mercer S, Yue C, Wong S, Griffiths S. Mental health of migrant children: an overview of the literature.  International Journal of Mental Health 2009;38(3):44-52

Zhang M, Lv H, Gao Y, Griffiths S, Sharma A, Lam D, Li LP, Tse YK, Kiu XJ, Xu DC, Congdon C.  Visual morbidity due to inaccurate spectacles among school-children in rural China: the see well to learn well project, report #1.  Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science,  2009 May;50(5):2011-7 doi:10.1167/iovs.08-2849

Hong X, Li JQ, Xu F, Tse LA, Liang YQ, Wang ZY, Yu ITS, Griffiths S.  Physical activity inversely associated with the presence of depression among urban adolescents in regional China. BMC Public Health 2009 May 20;9:148

Li LP, Chow KW, Griffiths S, Zhang L, Lam J, Kim JH. University-based Peer Health Education in China: The Shantou Experience. Journal of American College Health, 2009 Mar/Apr;57(5):549-51

Griffiths S. One Country, Two Systems: Public Health in China.  Public Health 2008; 122(8):754-61

Xu Fei, Tse Lap Ah, Yin Xiaomei, Yu Ignatius, Griffiths S.  Impact of Socio-Economic Factors on Stroke Prevalence among Urban and Rural Residents in Mainland China" BMC Public Health 2008; 8(170): 1039-1050 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-170

Chan Emily YY, Griffiths S, Gao Y, Chan CW, Fok TF.  Addressing disparities in children’s health in China. Archives of Childhood Disease 2008 April; 93(4):346-352

Gao Y, Griffiths S, Chan E. Community-based interventions to reduce overweight and obesity in China: a systematic review of the Chinese and English literature. Journal of Public Health  2008; 30(4):436-448 doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdm057

Mou J, Cheng J, Zhang D, Jiang H, Lin L, Griffiths S. Health care utilization amongst Shenzhen migrant workers: does being insured make a difference? BMC Health Service Research; 2009 Nov 21; 9:214.
doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-9-214

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chung V, Ma PH, Wang HX, Wang JJ, Lau J, Wei XL, Wong SYS, Tang JL, Griffiths S. Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine Services in Community Health Centers: Insights into utilization patterns in the Pearl River Region of China. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013;2013:426360
doi:  10.1155/2013/426360

Chung V, Ma PH, Hong LC, Griffiths S. Organizational determinants of interprofessional collaboration in integrative health care: systematic review of qualitative studies. PLoS One 2012;7(11):e50022

Chung V, Chong M, Hong LC, Ma PH, Wong SY, Griffiths S. Emotionless holism: factor and Rasch analysis of the Chinese Integrative Medicine Attitude Questionnaire. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine 2012 Jun;18(6):457-465

Chung CH, MA MX, Lau CH; Wong SYS, Yeoh EK, Griffiths S. Views on Traditional Chinese Medicine Amongst Chinese Population: A Systematic Review of Qualitative and Quantitative Studies. Health Expectations 2012 May 31. doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2012.00794.x.

Chung CH, Ma HX, Tang T, Lau CH, Kim JH, Griffiths S. Do Patients tell their clinicians they are using both prescribed and over the counter allopathic and traditional medicines? European Journal of Integrative Medicine; 3(4):289-298

Chung CH, Ma HX, Lau CH, Griffiths S. Developing Policy for Integrating Biomedicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice Using Focus Groups and the Delphi Technique. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012; 2012:149512 doi:10.1155/2012/149512

Chung V, Hillier S, Lau JCH, Wong SYS, Yeoh EK, Griffiths S. Referral to and Attitude Towards Traditional Chinese Medicine Amongst Western Medical Doctors in Postcolonial Hong Kong. Social Science and Medicine 2011 Jan; 72(2):247-255

Chung V, Lau CH, Chan FWK, You JHS, Wong ELY, Yeoh EK, Griffiths S. Use of chinese and western over-the counter medications in Hong Kong.  Chinese Medicine 2010 Dec; 5:41  doi:10.1186/1749-8546-5-41

Chung VC, Wong V, Lau CH, Hui H, Lam TH, Zhong LX, Wong SYS, Griffiths S.  Using Chinese version of MYMOP in Chinese medicine evaluation: validity, responsiveness and minimally important change.  Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2010 Sept 30; 8(111 ):1-9

Griffiths S, Chung V, Tang JL. Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine: Experiences from China. Australasian Medical Journal 2010; 3(7): 385-396
dio: 10.4066/AMJ.2010.411

Chung VCH, Lau CH, Yeoh EK, Griffiths S. Age, Chronic non-communicable disease and Choice of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Outpatient Services in a Chinese Population. BMC Health Services Research, 2009 Nov 17;9:207

Wong EL, Lam JK, Griffiths S, Chung V, Yeoh EK. Chinese medicine: its role and application in the institutionalized older people.  Journal of Clinical Nursing 2010 Apr; 19(7-8):1084-93

Chung C.H., Lau C.H., Wong M.C., Yeoh E.K., Griffiths S. Perceived quality of communication amongst outpatients in western and traditional Chinese medicine clinics in a Chinese population. Health Policy 2009 Apr; 90(1):66-72 doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2008.09.005

Griffiths S, Chung V. Development and Regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners in Hong Kong. Perspectives in Public Health 2009 March;29(2):64-7

Chung V, Law M, Wong S, Mercer S, Griffiths S.  Postgraduate education for Chinese medicine practitioners: a Hong Kong Perspective. BMC Medical Education 2009 Feb 19;9:10

Chung V, Griffiths S. Pragmatic trials for CAM has strengths and weaknesses. BMJ rapid response for: Thompson T, Feder G. Complementary medicine and the NHS. BMJ 2005; 331;856-857.

Chung V, Wong E, Griffiths S. Content Validity of the Integrative Medicine
Attitude Questionnaire: perspective of Hong Kong Chinese expert panel. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2007; 13(5):563-570 

Chung V, Wong E, Woo J, Lo SV, Griffiths S. Use of traditional Chinese medicine in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.  The Journal of  Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2007; 13(3):361-8

Infectious Disease
Rodas JR, Lau CH, Zhang ZZ, Griffiths S, Luk WC, Kim JH. Exploring predictors influencing intended and actual acceptability of the A/H1N1 pandemic vaccine: A cohort study of university students in Hong Kong. Public Health 2012 Dec;126(12):1007-12

Kim JH, Lo FK, Cheuk KK, Kwong MS, Goggins WB, Cai YS, Lee SS, Griffiths S. Knowledge of Avian Influenza (H5N1) among Poultry Workers, Hong Kong, China.  Emerging Infectious Diseases 2011 Dec;17(12):2319-21 dio:10.3201/eid1712.110321

Chor JSY, Pada SK, Stephenson I, Goggins WB, Tambyah PA, Clarke TW, Medina M, Lee N, Leung TF, Ngai KLK, Law SK, Rainer TH, Griffiths S, Chan PKS. Seasonal influenza vaccination predicts pandemic H1N1 vaccination uptake among healthcare workers in three countries. Vaccine 2011 Oct 6;29(43):7364-9 online Doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.07.079

Wong EL, Wong SYS, Lee N, Cheung A, Griffiths S. Healthcare workers’ duty concerns of working in the isolation ward during the novel H1N1 pandemic. Journal of Clinical Nursing 2011 Jul published online doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03783.x

Griffiths S, Lau JTF, Wong AH, Kim JH, Yung TKC. Authors response to influence of country of study on student responsiveness to the H1N1 pandemic. Public Health 2011; 124(8):460-6

Lau JTF, Griffiths S, Choi KC. Changes in Knowledge, Perceptions, Preventive Behaviours and Psychological Responses in the Pre-community Outbreak Phase of the H1N1 Epidemic. Epidemiology and Infection  2011.01;139(1):80-90

Wong SYS, Wong ELY, Chor J, Kung K, Chan PKS, Wong C, Griffiths S. Willingness to accept H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccine: A cross-sectional study of Hong Kong community nurses. BMC Infectious Diseases 2010 Oct; 10:316

Cowling BJ, Ng DMW, Ip DKM, Liao Q, Lam WWT, Wu JT, Lau JTF, Griffiths S, Fielding R.  Community psychologicall and behavioral responses through the first wave of 2009 pandemic (H1N1) in Hong Kong.  Journal of Infectious Disease 2010; 202(6):867-76

Lau J, Griffiths S, Choi KC, Lin C.  Prevalence of preventive behaviors and associated factors during early phase of the H1N1 influenza epidemic.  American Journal of Infection Control June 5 2010;38(5):374-380

Lau JTF, Yeung NCY, Choi KC, Cheng MYM, Tsui HY, Griffiths S. Factors in association with acceptability of H1N1 vaccination during the influenza A/H1N1 pandemic phase in the Hong Kong general population.  Vaccine 2010 June 28(29):4632-7

Lau JTF, Griffiths S, Choi KC, Tsui HY. Avoidance Behaviors and negative Psychological Responses in the General Population in the Initial Stage of the H1N1 Pandemic in Hong Kong.  BMC Infectious Disease 2010 May 28;10(1):139

Wong ELY, Wong SYS, Kung K, Cheung AWL, Gao TT, Griffiths S. Will the community nurse continue to function during H1N1 influenza pandemic: a cross-sectional study of Hong Kong community nurses? BMC Health Services Research 2010 Apr 30;10:107

Griffiths S, Lau JTF. Commentary: The influence of SARS on perceptions of risk and reality. Journal of Public Health. 2009 Dec;31(4):466-7

Lau JTF, Yeung NCY, Choi KC, Cheng MYM, Tsui HY, Griffiths S. Acceptability of A/H1N1 vaccination during pandemic phase of influenza A/H1N1 in Hong Kong:  Population based cross sectional survey. BMJ 2009 Oct 27; 339:b4164 doi: 10.1136/bmj.b4164

Chor JSY, Ngai KLK, Goggins WB, Wong SYS, Lee N, Leung TF, Rainer TH, Griffiths S, Chan PKS.  Willingness of Hong Kong healthcare workers to accept pre-pandemic influenza vaccination at different WHO alert levels: two questionnaire surveys.  BMJ 2009 Aug 25; 339:B3391

Lau JT, Griffiths S, Choi KC, Tsui HY. Widespread public misconception in the early phase of the H1N1 influenza epidemic. Journal of Infection 2009 Aug; 59(2):122-7
Lau Joseph TF, Kim Jean H, Tsui HY, Griffiths S. Perceptions related to bird-to-human avian influenza, influenza vaccination and use of face mask. Infection 2008 Oct; 36(5):434-43

Lau JT, Kim JH, Tsui HY, Griffiths S.  Anticipated and current preventive behaviors in response to an anticipated human-to-human H5N1 epidemic in the Hong Kong Chinese general population. BMC Infectious Diseases 2007 March 15; 7:18

Lau JT, Kim JH, Tsui H, Griffiths S.  Perceptions related to human avian influenza and their associations with anticipated psychological and behavioral responses at the onset of outbreak in the Hong Kong Chinese general population. Am J Infect Control 2007 Feb;35(1):38-49

Lau J, Kim J, Tsui HY, Griffiths S. Perceptions related to human avian influenza and their associations with anticipated psychological and behavioral responses at the onset of outbreak in the Hong Kong Chinese general population. American Journal of Infection Control 2007 Feb, 35(1):38-49


Chung VC, Yip BH, Griffiths S. Yu EL, Kim JH, Tam WW, Wong AH, Chan IW, Lau JT. The impact of cutting alcohol duties on drinking patterns in Hong Kong. Alcohol Alcoholism 2013 Jul 3.

Kim JH, Wong AHC, Goggins WB, Lau JTF, Griffiths S. Drink driving in Hong Kong: The competing effects of random breath testing and alcohol tax reductions. Addition 2013 July;108(7):1217-28
doi: 10.1111/add.12116

Kim JH, Lee S, Chan KW, Lau J, Tsang A, Griffiths S.  A population-based study on the prevalence and correlates of drinking and driving in Hong Kong. Accident, Analysis and Prevention 2010 July; 42(4): 994-1002

Pun VC, Lin H, Kim JH, Yip BH, Chung VC, Wong MC, Yu IT, Griffiths S, Tian L. Impact of alcohol duty reductions on cardiovascular mortality among elderly Chinese: a 10-year time series analysis. Journal of Epidemiol Community Health 2013 Jun;67(6):514-8

Kim JH, Lau CH, Cheuk KK, Kan Pauline, Hui LC, Griffiths S. Brief report: Predictors of heavy internet use and association with health-promoting and risk behaviors among Hong Kong university students. Journal of Adolescence.  2010 Feb, 33(1): 215-220

Kim JH, Chan KW, Chow JK, Fung KP, Fong BY, Cheuk KK, Griffiths S. University binge drinking patterns and changes in patterns of alcohol consumption among chinese undergraduates in a Hong Kong university. Journal of American College Health. 2009 Nov – Dec;58(3): 255-65

Kim Jean H, Lee Sing, Chow Julie, Lau Joseph, Tsang Adley, Choi Jacqueline, Griffiths S.  Prevalence and factors associated with binge drinking, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence: A population-based study of Chinese adults in Hong Kong.  Alcohol and Alcoholism 2008 May-Jun; 43(3):360-70

Griffiths S, Lau JT, Chow JK, Lee SS, Kan PY, Lee S. Alcohol Use among Entrants to a Hong Kong University. Alcohol and alcoholism 2006;41(5):560-5


Griffiths S. Global Public Health Training. Journal of Public Health 2011 Jun;33(2):319

Griffiths S. Reflections on health care reform. Perspectives in Public Health 2010 Jan; 130(1):8

Chan EYY, Kim J, Griffiths S, Lau JTF, Yu I. Does Living Density Matter for Nonfatal, Unintentional Home Injury in Asian Urban Settings?  Evidence from Hong Kong. Journal of Urban Health 2009 Nov;86(6):872-86

Chan EYY, Griffiths S. Comparison of Health Needs of Older People between Affected Rural and Urban Areas after the 2005 Kashmir Pakistan Earthquake. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 2009 Sept-Oct; l24(5):365-71

Tang JL, Griffiths S.  Review paper: Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Medicine, and Public Health".  Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 2009 Jul; 21(3):244-51

Griffiths S.  The role of public health governance. Forward.  Public Health 2009 Mar;123(3):213. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2009.02.004

Lam T.S., Tse L.A., Yu Ignatius, Griffiths S.  Prevalence of Smoking and Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposures, and Attitudes and Beliefs towards Tobacco Control among Hong Kong Medical Students. Public Health 2009 Jan;123(1):42-46

Tse SLA, Siu D, Yu I, Griffiths S.  Computer Products Usage and prevalence of Computer Related Musculoskeletal Discomforts among Adolescents.  WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 2009; 34(4):449-54

Wong CW, Holroyd E, Chan YY, Griffiths S, Bingham A. “One Country, two system”: Sociopolitical implications for female migrant sex workers in Hong Kong.  BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2008 Dec 12;8(1):13

Griffiths S.  A third revolution in human history? Journal of Public Health Dec 2008; 30(4):368-369  doi:10.1093/pubmedfdn087

Griffiths S. Researching Women’s Health in Asia : Are We Doing Enough?  Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health 2008;20(4):265-266

Chan Emily, Griffiths S, Chan CW. Public-health risks of melamine in milk products. Lancet 2008; 372(9648):1444-1445

Cheng Tereza SY, Tse Lap Ah, Yu Tak Sun Ignatius, Griffiths S.  "Children's Perceptions of Parental Attitude Affecting Breakfast Skipping in Primary Sixth-Grade Students".  Journal of School Health 2008 Apr; 78(4):203-8

Chor JSY, Leung JCS, Chan DCC, Griffiths S, Leung PC. Breast cancer screening practice of Chinese elderly worth re-evaluation of health promotion policy. Journal of Public Health; March 2008; 30(1): 110-111

Chan Emily Y, Kim J, Ng Q, Griffiths S, Lau Joseph TF. A descriptive study of nonfatal unintentional home-based injury in urban settings: evidence from Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health 2008 Oct Supplement Issue; 20:39-48

Congdon N, Griffiths S, & Sharma A.  Health Rights in China.  Letters to Editor, Far Eastern Economic Review; Jul/Aug 2007; 170(6): 5

Griffiths S.  Sustainable Development: A Far Eastern Challenge. Public Health 2006; 120(12):1114-1116 

Prior to Hong Kong (selected)

Griffiths S, Crown J, McEwen J.  The role of the Faculty of Public Health (Medicine) in developing a multidisciplinary public health profession in the UK. Public Health 2007; 121.6; 420-425

Thorpe A, Griffiths S, Jewell T, Adshead F, The three domains of public health : An internationally relevant basis for public health education? Public Health 2008; 122(2):201-210

Griffiths S. The role of Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. Archives of Diseases of Childhood 2006;91(2):195-7

Connelly J, McAveary M, Griffiths S. National survey of working life in public health after 'Shifting the Balance of Power': results of first survey. Public Health 2005;119(12):1133-7

Gray S, Perlman F, Griffiths S. A survey of the specialist public health workforce in the UK in 2003. Public Health 2005;119(10):900-6  

Thorpe A, Griffiths S, George C. Cardiac rehabilitation: results of a national survey. British Journal of Cardiology 2005;12(5):361-366

Griffiths S, Jewell T, Donnelly P. Public health in practice: the three domains of public health. Public Health 2005;119:907-913

Griffiths S. Public Health lessons from SARS in Hong Kong. Journal of Healthcare Management 2005;11(7)

Naylor C. D, Chantler C, Griffiths S.  Learning from SARS in Hong Kong and Toronto. JAMA 2004; 291: 2483-7

Grant (selected)
2012 – present, Food and Health Bureau
Reviewing Professional Regulatory Frameworks for Healthcare Professional

2012 – present, RGC Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Fund Scheme 2011/12
Trends and Implications of Poverty and Social Disadvantages in Hong Kong: A Multi-disciplinary and Longitudinal Study

Jun2011-Jun2014 – present, RGC Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme 2010/11
Using a Systematic Approach to Evaluate Primary Care Development in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Kunming and Shanghai (4002-SPPR-10)
Dec 2010 – May 2012, Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre
A study of comparing primary care services among six cities in the Pearl River Delta

Oct 2010 – June 2013, RGC Public Policy Research
The Public Health Impacts of the Policy Decision to Reduce Alcohol Tax in Hong Kong (CUHK4004-PPR-10)

Jun 2010 – Jun2011, CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)
A Cohort Study on Pathological Internet Use and Associated Psycho-social Factors among University Students in Hong Kong

Apr 2010 – Mar 2012, Hospital Authority
Provision of Evaluation Study on Stakeholder Satisfaction of Healthcare Programmes

Oct 2009 – Dec 2011, RGC Public Policy Research
Evaluation of the Impact of Elderly Health Care Voucher Scheme in Hong Kong and its Potential Extension

Jul 2009 – present, Food and Health Bureau
Research Fund for Control of Infectious Disease (RFCID) Commissioned Study: 2009-2014

Feb 2009 – Sept 2011, Hospital Authority
Provision of Survey Service on Patient Satisfaction

May 2010 – Dec 2010, Department of Health
Interim Evaluation on Health Care Voucher Scheme – Willingness-to-pay Study on Elders Aged 60 or above

Apr 2008 – Mar 2010, Hospital Authority
Review on General Outpatient Clinic (GOPC) Services and Family Medicine (FM) Training of the Hospital Authority