Professor Cindy L.K. Lam

Professor Cindy L.K. Lam

Danny D. B. Ho Professor in Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care
The University of Hong Kong



A Roundtable Discussion On Conducting Complex Intervention Trials In Primary Care Settings
Date: 22 September 2017, Friday
Time: 10.45am – 12.45pm
Synopsis: Conducting complex intervention trials in primary care requires a multidisciplinary team consisting of health professionals, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, health economists and social scientists. This workshop will bring together a team of Family Medicine/General Practice researchers from Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore sharing their experiences in conducting complex intervention trials in primary care settings. It will be delivered in the format of a roundtable whereby 5-6 speakers will give a 5-minute brief on their experiences in conducting such trials in general practice/family medicine and other primary care settings. Challenges and barriers including funding support and what to do with a negative trial will also be shared. It will be an interactive session with active participation from attendees who will be called upon to comment and ask questions of the speakers. It is envisaged that the outcome of this workshop will be the formation of an Asia-Pacific research leadership initiative to build primary care research capacity in the region.


Advancing Best Care For Patients With Diabetes Mellitus Through Action Research in Family

Date: 23 September 2017, Saturday
Time: 8.30am – 9am
Synopsis: An important purpose of family medicine research is to inform primary care on best practice. Primary care is becoming more complex with increasing burden from chronic disease management. Implementation of evidence-based best practice of chronic disease management is challenging in primary care because of the large number and wide variety of patients. Different research methodology and skills can be applied to evaluate, inform and improve primary care on how quality practice can be implemented. This presentation will share the experience from planning to dissemination of results of a family medicine research study on the evaluation of quality of care and effectiveness of a territory wide structured risk assessment and management programme for patients with diabetes mellitus (RAMP-DM) in primary care. It will illustrate how Action Research was applied to engage service providers to reflect on their practice and Audit Spiral could drive continuing quality improvement. A longitudinal observational cohort design was applied to the big data collected in routine clinical care to generate evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of RAMP-DM in real-world primary care. The results of this research study have enabled the normalization of RAMP-DM in all public primary care clinics in Hong Kong.


Professor Cindy Lam is the Justice of Peace (JP), Danny D. B. Ho Professor in Family Medicine and Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. She graduated with MBBS degree and obtained the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Hong Kong. She is a specialist in Family Medicine, fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK and honorary fellow of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians.

She serves as Co-Chair of the Grant Review Board of the Health and Medical Research Fund of the Food and Health Bureau, Government of Hong Kong SAR and Chief Censor of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians. Her main research interests are health-related quality of life and primary care health services. She has published 280 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.