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​Prof. Dong DONG 董咚教授

Prof. Dong DONG


BA (Fudan), MPhil (CUHK), PhD (U of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

Assistant Professor


Dr. Dong Dong joined the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care as a Research Assistant Professor in 2018. She obtained her doctoral degree in Mass Communication (with a minor in Epidemiology) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Most of Dr. Dong’s research are cross-disciplinary in nature and focus on issues not only related to health communication and medical sociology but also to health equity and social justice. She has been the Principle Investigator of several extramural research grants, including the Hong Kong RGC-GRF on the use of prenatal genetic testing technologies in mainland China. She is also the co-Investigator of several research grants from Hong Kong and mainland China on issues related to community health, health inequity, and healthcare services.

In addition, Dr. Dong is collaborating with several national patient organizations in China to investigate, trace and record the medical, social, and economic status of the Chinese people affected by different types of rare diseases. She is currently leading a research lab in the Shenzhen Research Institute of CUHK on developing a patient-centered real-world database for studying people with rare diseases in China. She has published more than a dozen white paper reports on the topic and served as a board member for three national rare disease patient organizations.

Research Interests

  • Rare Diseases

  • Health Communication

  • Medical Sociology

  • Health Equity and social justice

  • Science & Technology Studies of Reprogenetics

  • Cross-cultural Studies

  • Qualitative Research Methods

  • Mixed Methods Research Design

Recent Funded Research Projects 

  • As Principle Investigator

    • 2020-2021 Real-world research of people with rare diseases in China. Funded by Beijing Society of Rare Disease Clinical Care and Accessibility. RMB500,000

    • 2020-2021 Hong Kong parents’ perceptions on Down syndrome: A Q-method study. Direct Grant, CUHK. HK$61,000

    • 2020-2021 An international field study for the reliability and validity of the Phase IV EORTC Quality of Life modules for patients with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (EORTC QLQ-HL27), high-grade non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (EORTC QLQ-NHL-HG29), low-grade non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (EORTC QLQ-NHL-LG20), and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (EORTC QLQ-CLL17). The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC, AISBL-IVSW). €5,375.

    • 2019-2021 GHMUA Great Bay Symposium on Rare Diseases. Funded by “Funding for Sub Alliance-粵港澳高校公共衛生聯盟,”OALC, CUHK. HK$50,000.

    • 2019-2021 The general social survey of people affected by rare diseases in China: A baseline study. Funded by Beijing RYBH Foundation. RMB 254,200

    • 2017-2020 Winning the “Second Chance”: Prenatal genetic testing, personal choices and national future. RGC General Research Fund (GRF). HK$789,888

  • As Co-Principle Investigator

    • 2016-2020 Centre for Research into Circulating Fetal Nucleic Acids. Theme-based Research Scheme Project. HK$31.28M


  • As Co-Investigator

    • 2020-2022 Investigation of Hong Kong’s early detection, assessment and response (S-EDAR) system to the new emerging infectious disease outbreak COVID-19. Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research Fund Commissioned Research on the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). HK$2,970,000

    • 2020-2022 Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions on Post Discharge Information Summary (PDIS): application of the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) to identify barriers and enablers for implementation. Food and Health Bureau - Health and Medical Research Fund, HK$930,032

    • 2019-2022 Tender for the Provision of Services of the Monitoring and Evaluation Study of Kwai Tsing District Health Centre. Food and Health Bureau, $25,251,930

    • 2017- 2020 Uneven distribution of high-quality healthcare resources in Chinese cities and its sociospatial implications. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), RMB 1,020,800

Selected Publications

Rare diseases:

  1. Xu RH, Wong ELY, Jin J, Dou Y, Dong D.* (2020). Mapping of the EORTC QLQ-C30 to EQ-5D-5L index in patients with lymphomas. The European Journal of Health Economics (SSCI, Q1, *corresponding author)

  2. Dong, D., Jin, J., Oerlemans, S. et al. (2020) Validation of the Chinese EORTC chronic lymphocytic leukemia module – application of classical test theory and item response theory. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 18, 96 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-020-01341-z (SSCI & SCIE, Q2)

  3. Yan, X.; He, S.; Dong, D*. (2020). Determining How Far an Adult Rare Disease Patient Needs to Travel for a Definitive Diagnosis: A Cross-Sectional Examination of the 2018 National Rare Disease Survey in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2020, 17, 1757. (*Corresponding author, SSCI Q1)

  4. Yan X., Dong D., He SJ, and Webster CJ. (2020). Examining trans-provincial diagnosis of rare diseases in China: The importance of healthcare resource distribution and patient mobility. Sustainability. (SSCI, Q2)

  5. Dong D.* & Wang Y. (2016). Challenges of rare diseases in China. The Lancet, 387(10031), 1906. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(16)30418-4. (SCIE, Q1, *corresponding author, Correspondence)

Health equity and social justice

  1. Chen, S., Chen, Y., Feng, Z. et al. Dong D*. (2020). Barriers of effective health insurance coverage for rural-to-urban migrant workers in China: a systematic review and policy gap analysis. BMC Public Health 20, 408 (2020). doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8448-8 (*correspondence author, SCIE Q2)

  2. Chung, RYN, Dong D., Chan, NNZ, Chau, PYK, Yeoh EK, and Wong ELY. (2020). Examining the Gaps and Issues of End-of-Life Care among Older Population through the Lens of Socioecological Model – A Multi-Method Study of Hong Kong, World’s Leader in Life Expectancy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (SSCI, Q1)

  3. Chung, G.K., Dong, D., Wong, S.Y. et al. (2020). Perceived poverty and health, and their roles in the poverty-health vicious cycle: a qualitative study of major stakeholders in the healthcare setting in Hong Kong. International Journal for Equity in Health 19, 13 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-020-1127-7 (SSCI, Q1)

  4. Griffiths SM, Dong D., Chung RYN. (2018). Forgotten needs of children left behind by migration. The Lancet, Volume 392, Issue 10164, pg. 2518-2519, doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)33004-6. (SCIE, invited commentary)

  5. Tang, SF, Dong D, Lu J, et al. (2015). What contributes to the activeness of ethnic minority patients with chronic illnesses seeking allied health services? A cross-sectional study in rural western China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 (9), 11579-11593. doi:10.3390/ijerph120911579. (SSCI, Q1)

Reprogenetics and informed decision-making

  1. Zhu JF & Dong D. (2018). From quality control to informed choice: Understanding “good birth” and prenatal genetic testing in contemporary urban China. In Routledge Handbook for Genomics, Health and Society (pp.47-54). London: Routledge, 2018.

  2. Ahmed S., Jafri H, Rashid Y, Yi H, Dong D., Zhu JF, and Ahmed M. (2019). Autonomous decision-making for antenatal screening in Pakistan: views held by women, men and health professionals in a low-middle income country. European Journal of Human Genetics (SCIE, Q2)

  3. Ahmed S., Yi H, Dong D., Zhu JF, Jafri H., Rashid Y, Ngan OMY, and Ahmed M. (2018). Interpretations of autonomous decision-making in antenatal genetic screening among women in China, Hong Kong and Pakistan. European Journal of Human Genetics, 4(26), 495-504. doi:10.1038/s41431-017-0091-1. (SCIE, Q2)

Health communication

  1. Fu H., Dong D.*, Feng D. et al. (2017). To share or not to share: A cross-sectional study on health information sharing and its determinants among Chinese rural chronic patients. Journal of Health Communication, 22(10), 800-807. (SSCI, Q1, *co-first author)

  2. Dong, D.* & Chan K. (2016). Authorization, rationalization, and moral evaluation: Legitimizing acupuncture in Hong Kong’s newspapers. Asian Journal of Communication, 26 (2), pp.114-132. doi: 10.1080/01292986.2015.1089915 (SSCI, *corresponding author).

  3. Dong D., Chang TK & Chen D. (2008). Reporting AIDS and the invisible victims in China: Official knowledge as news in the People’s Daily, 1986-2002. Journal of Health Communication, 12 (4), 357-374. (SSCI, Q1)

Edited book:

  1. Chan K. & Dong D. (eds.) Traditional Chinese Medicine: Professionalization and Integration in Hong Kong. City University of Hong Kong Press, 2019

Last Updated: 27 July 2020