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Dr Robin Sze-tak HO

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
+852 3943 6085
Research Interest
  • Evidence-based healthcare; Systematic review; Meta-analysis; Network meta-analysis
  • Resistance Training & Family Physical Activity
Recent Publications
  1. Ho, R. S., Chui, K. Y., Huang, W. Y., Wong, S. H. (2023). Methodological Quality of Systematic Reviews on Bodyweight Management Strategies for Children and Adolescents. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 10 Jan 2023, 55(5):892-899. doi: 10.1249/mss.0000000000003116
  2. Ho, R. S., Chan, E. K., Liu, K. K., Wong, S. H. (2022). Active Video Game on Children and Adolescents' Physical Activity and Weight Management: A Network Meta‐Analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 2022;00:1- 19. doi: 10.1111/sms.14176
  3. Ho, R. S., Huang, W. Y., Lo, H., Liu, K.K., Wong, S. H. (2022). Parental Factors Associated with Physical Activity Among East Asian Children/Youth: A Meta-analysis based on the Active Healthy Kids Report Cards. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2022; 00:1-8. doi: 10.1177/10105395221103377
  4. Huang, W. Y., Wong, S. H., Sit, C. H., Wong, M. C., Wong, S. W., & Ho, R. S. (2023). Results from the Hong Kong's 2022 report card on physical activity for children and adolescents. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 21(1), 45-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jesf.2022.10.010. Epub 2022 Nov 2.
  5. Ho, R. S., Ho, F. F., Adams, J., Cramer, H., Leung, B., Ward, L., Zhang, Y., Chung, V. C. (2022). Patients’ perceptions on non‐specific effects of acupuncture: Qualitative comparison between responders and non‐responders. Integrative medicine research, 11(1), 100771. doi: 10.1016/j.imr.2021.100771
  6. Zhang, X., Zheng, C., Ho, R. S., Miyashita, M., & Wong, S. H. S. (2022). The Effects of Accumulated Versus Continuous Exercise on Postprandial Glycemia, Insulin, and Triglycerides in Adults with or Without Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine-Open, 8(1), 1-19. doi: 10.1186/s40798-021-00401-y
  7. Sutanto, D., Ho, R. S., Poon, E. T., Yang, Y., & Wong, S. H. (2022). Effects of Different Trunk Training Methods for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Meta-Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(5), 2863. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19052863
  8. Huang, W. Y., Ho, R. S., Tremblay, M. S., & Wong, S. H. S. (2021). Relationships of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with the previous and subsequent nights’ sleep in children and youth: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of Sleep Research, 30(6), e13378. doi: 10.1111/jsr.13378
  9. Poon, E. T. C., Wongpipit, W., Ho, R. S., & Wong, S. H. S. (2021). Interval training versus moderate-intensity continuous training for cardiorespiratory fitness improvements in middle-aged and older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39(17), 1996-2005. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2021.1912453
  10. Zheng, C., Zhang, X., Sheridan, S., Ho, R.S., Sit, C. H. P., Huang, Y., & Wong, S. H. S. (2021). Effect of sedentary behavior interventions on vascular function in adults: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 31(7), 1395-1410. doi: 10.1111/sms.13947
  11. Ho, R.S., Wong, C.H., Wu, J.C., Wong, S.Y., Chung, V.C. (2020) Non-specific effects of acupuncture and sham acupuncture in clinical trials from the patient’s perspective: a systematic review of qualitative evidence. Acupuncture in Medicine. doi: 10.1177/0964528420920299
  12. Wu, I.X., Lam, V.C., Ho, R.S., Cheung, W.K., Sit, R.W., Chou, L.W., Zhang, Y., Leung, T.H., Chung, V.C. (2020) Acupuncture and related interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome: systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1177/0269215519877511
  13. Tsoi, A.K., Ho, L.T., Wu, I.X., Wong, C.H., Ho, R.S., Lim, J.Y., Mao, C., Lee, E.K., Chung, V.C. (2020) Methodological quality of systematic reviews on treatments for osteoporosis: A cross-sectional study. Bone. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2020.115541
  14. Ho, R.S., Chung, V.C., Wong, C.H., Wu, J.C., Wong, S.Y., Wu, I.X. (2017) Acupuncture and related therapies used as add-on or alternative to prokinetics for functional dyspepsia: overview of systematic reviews and network meta-analysis. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-09856-0
  15. Ho, R.S., Wong, C.H, Chung, V.C. (2015) Medical synopsis: Can acupuncture be an alternative treatment option for patients with refractory functional dyspepsia? Advances in integrative medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.aimed.2016.02.004
  16. Ho, R.S., Wu, X., Yuan, J., Liu, S., Lai, X., Wong, S.Y., Chung, V.C. (2015) Methodological quality of meta-analyses on treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a cross-sectional study using the AMSTAR (Assessing the Methodological Quality of Systematic Reviews) tool. Nature Partner Journal Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. doi: 10.1038/npjpcrm.2014.102
  17. Wong, C.H., Wu, I.X., Cheung, W.K., Ho, R.S., Leach, M.J., Peng, W., Zhang, Y., Wu, J.C., Chung, V.C. (2019) Impact of evidence-based healthcare education for Chinese medicine practitioners: A pre-post evaluation. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.05.004
  18. Cheung, W.K., Wu, I.X., Sit, R.W., Ho, R.S., Wong, C.H., Wong, S.Y., Chung, V.C. (2019) Low-level laser therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome: systematic review and network meta-analysis. Physiotherapy. doi: 10.1016/
  19. Wu, I.X., Wong, C.H., Ho, R.S., Cheung, W.K., Ford, A.C., Wu, J.C., Mak, A.D., Cramer, H., Chung, V.C. (2019) Acupuncture and related therapies for treating irritable bowel syndrome: overview of systematic reviews and network meta-analysis. Therapeutic advances in gastroenterology. doi: 10.1177/1756284818820438
  20. Hung, C.Y., Chung, V.C., Wu, X.Y., Ho, R.S., Tang, E.C., Wu, J.C., Lau, A.Y. (2018) Overview of systematic reviews with meta-analyses on Chinese herbal medicine in stroke management. Advances in Integrative Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.aimed.2018.11.002
  21. Chu, M.H., Wu, I.X., Ho, R.S., Wong, C.H., Zhang, A.L., Zhang, Y., Wu, J.C., Chung, V.C. (2018) Chinese herbal medicine for functional dyspepsia: systematic review of systematic reviews. Therapeutic advances in gastroenterology. doi: 10.1177/1756284818785573
  22. Wu, X.Y., Du, X.J., Ho, R.S., Lee, C.C., Yip, B.H., Wong, M.C., Wong, S.Y., Chung, V.C. (2017) Characteristics and Methodological Quality of Meta-Analyses on Hypertension Treatments—A Cross-Sectional Study. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension. doi: 10.1111/jch.12889
  23. Chung, V.C., Ho, R.S., Wu, X., Wu, J.C. (2016) Incorporating traditional Chinese medicine syndrome differentiation in randomized trials: methodological issues. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.eujim.2016.08.164
  24. Wu, X.Y., Lam, V.C., Yu, Y.F., Ho, R.S., Feng, Y., Wong, C.H., Yip, B.H., Tsoi, K.K., Wong, S.Y., Chung, V.C. (2016) Epidemiological characteristics and methodological quality of meta-analyses on diabetes mellitus treatment: a systematic review. European journal of endocrinology. doi: 10.1530/EJE-16-0172
  25. Chung, V.C., Wong, S.Y., Wang, H.H., Wong, M.C., Wei, X., Wang, J., Liu, S., Ho, R.S., Yu, E.L., Griffiths, S.M. (2016) Use of traditional and complementary medicine as self-care strategies in community health centers: cross-sectional study in urban pearl river delta region of China. Medicine. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000003761
  26. Sit, R.W., Chung, V.C., Reeves, K.D., Rabago, D., Chan, K.K., Chan, D.C., Wu, X., Ho, R.S., Wong, S.Y. (2016) Hypertonic dextrose injections (prolotherapy) in the treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/srep25247
  27. Chung, V.C., Wu, X., Ma, P.H., Ho, R.S., Poon, S.K., Hui, D.S., Wong, S.Y., Wu, J.C. (2016) Chinese herbal medicine and salmeterol and fluticasone propionate for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: systematic review and network meta-analysis. Medicine. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000003702
  28. Chung, V.C., Yip, B.H., Yu, E.L., Liu, S., Ho, R.S., Sit, R.W., Leung, A.W., Wu, J.C., Wong, S.Y. (2016) Patient Perceptions of Expression of Empathy From Chinese Medicine Clinicians in a Chinese Population: A Cross-Sectional Study. Medicine. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000003316
  29. Chung, V.C., Ho, R.S., Liu, S., Chong, M.K., Leung, A.W., Yip, B.H., Hon, S.M., Zee, B.C., Wu, J.C., Sit, R.W., Lau, A.Y. (2016) Electroacupuncture and splinting versus splinting alone to treat carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Canadian Medical Association Journal. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151003
  30. Chung, V.C., Yip, B.H., Griffiths, S.M., Ellen, L.M., Liu, S., Ho, R.S., Wu, X., Leung, A.W., Sit, R.W., Wu, J.C., Wong, S.Y. (2015) Patients’ experience of Chinese Medicine Primary Care Services: Implications on Improving Coordination and Continuity of Care. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/srep18853
  31. Chung, V.C., Wu, X., Hui, E.P., Ziea, E.T., Ng, B.F., Ho, R.S., Tsoi, K.K., Wong, S.Y., Wu, J.C. (2015) Effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine for cancer palliative care: overview of systematic reviews with meta-analyses. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/srep18111
  32. Wu, X., Chung, V.C., Hui, E.P., Ziea, E.T., Ng, B.F., Ho, R.S., Tsoi, K.K., Wong, S.Y., Wu, J.C. (2015) Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systematic reviews. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/srep16776
  33. Shuldiner, S.R., Chung, V.C., Wu, X., Ching, J., Ho, R.S., Cheong, P.K., Wong, W., Wu, J.C. (2015) Methodological challenges in mapping chinese medicine syndrome with conventional diagnosis: Implications for multi-centre trials in integrative medicine. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.eujim.2015.07.027
  34. Chung, V.C., Ho, R.S., Wu, X., Fung, D.H., Lai, X., Wu, J.C., Wong, S.Y. (2015) Are meta-analyses of Chinese herbal medicine trials trustworthy and clinically applicable? A cross-sectional study. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.12.028
Oral Presentation
  • Ho, R. S., E.K., Liu, K.K., Wong, S.H. (2022). Active Video Game On Children And Adolescents’ Physical Activity Levels And Bodyweight Management: Network Meta-analysis. Thailand Physical Activity Conference (TPAC) 2022 Conference. 30 January 2023.
Poster Presentation
  • Ho, R.S., Chui, K.Y., Kwok, F.Y., Poon, W.T., Wong, S.H. (2023). Effectiveness comparison of exercise strategies for bodyweight management among children & adolescents: An overview of systematic reviews & a network meta-analysis. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting 2023 in Uppsala, Sweden. 14-17 June 2023.
  • Huang, W.Y., Wong, S.H., Sit, C.H., Wong, M.C., Wong, S.W., Ho, R.S. (2022). Results from the Hong Kong's 2022 report card on physical activity for children and adolescents. International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress 2022 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 23-26 Oct 2022.
  • Ho, R.S., E.K., Liu, K.K., Wong, S.H. (2022). Active Video Game On Children And Adolescents’ Physical Activity Levels And Bodyweight Management: Network Meta-analysis: 946. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 54(9S), 514.
  • Ho, R.S., Huang, W.Y., Wong, S.H. (2020). A Meta-analysis Protocol Among Active Healthy Kids Report Cards’ Indicators In East Asian Regions. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000680504.41687.e2
Teaching Experience
  • Education and Promotion of Exercise and Health
  • Human Growth and Health Education
  • Research Method
  • Research Project
  • Guided Study
Selected Honours and Awards
  • 2023 PCA Hong Kong Championship novice bodybuilding bronze medalist
  • 2022 Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships organized by the Hong Kong China Bodybuilding And Fitness Association (HKCBBA) - Classic Physique above 170cm Division Top 6 Finalist
  • Best Poster Presentation award in the 10th annual International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research (ICCMR), 2015 organized in Jeju, South Korea
  • Reaching Out Award 2014/2015 (CUHK)
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