Ruimei is Director of the Nursing Humanities Teaching and Research Section at Foshan University in China. In recent years, a People-Centered Integrated Care (PCIC) model for primary care provision has been adopted in China, and her research addresses how to establish family doctor teams and community-based medical alliances, and how to evaluate and improve their performance.
At UBC, Ruimei is studying Patient Medical Home (PMH) and other primary health care (PHC) models in Canada, and analyzing the differences and similarities in PHC between Canada and China, hoping to find new and better ways to promote PHC reform in China. She plans to survey family doctors in Canada to better understand how they think about PMH and the barriers they face in PMH implementation.
Ruimei also interested in physical and mental health of children and adolescents. Her research involves community and family care, children and adolescents’ health literacy, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the quality of life of children and adolescents with cancer. She works to promote the integration of mental health care into PHC, and has studied simple and effective tools for mental health screening, especially for younger children.