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Houshen Li

King’s International (K-CSC) Postgraduate Research Scholar


Address: King’s College London
Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation
Bessemer Road
Denmark Hill, SE5 9PJ


Houshen joined the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London as an MPhil/PhD student in October 2018, with the award of King’s-China Scholarship Council(K-CSC) PhD Scholarship programme. He is a registered physician in China. He successfully completed his Bachelor of Medicine in 2015, and his MSc (majoring Cancer and Clinical Oncology) in 2018. Prior to joining CSI, he completed his medical oncology resident training programme in China.


Houshen’s research interest is in palliative care outcome measurement, tool validation and advanced cancer. His PhD project is translation and validation study of the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS) in cancer patients in China. IPOS has been welcomed by patients and professionals as a more streamlined in several languages and it can capture multidimensional needs for palliative care patients. His study aims to translate IPOS into Chinese, ensure appropriate cultural adaptation and determine its psychometric properties. The results of his PhD work can potentially inform future palliative care improvement in China in terms of engaging both patients and clinicians as active participants in patient-reported outcome monitoring, changing health care delivery system where patient centeredness is prioritised, and optimising the experience, efficiency, and outcomes of care.

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