Chenjuan Ma


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Chenjuan Ma


Assistant Professor

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Accepting PhD students

Chenjuan Ma's additional information

Chenjuan Ma is an assistant professor and health services researcher at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her program of research focuses on understanding how to optimize nursing care and patient safety and outcomes across settings with a particular focus of home healthcare and vulnerable populations (e.g., persons with dementia and minorities). Her research utilizes theories and methodologies from various disciplines, including but not limited to nursing, sociology, medicine, statistics and data science. Ma also has expertise in large data and quantitative methods. She is currently working on a project with the National Institute on Aging titled Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Home Health Care for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.

Prior to joining the NYU Rory Meyers faculty, Prof. Ma was a postdoctoral fellow in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators at the University of Kansas.

Prof. Ma holds a PhD from University of Pennsylvania and MSN and BSN from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.

PhD - University of Pennsylvania (2012)
MSN - Xi'an Jiaotong University, China (2008)
BSN - Xi'an Jiaotong University, China (2005)

Nursing workforce
Home care
Health Policy
Research methods
Health Services Research

American Nurses Association (ANA)
Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)

Faculty Honors Awards

Vivian G. Prins Global Scholar, New York University (2021)
Vivian G. Prins Global Scholar, New York University (2020)
New Investigator Award, Interdisciplinary Research Group of Nursing Issues (IRGNI), Academy Health (2020)
Scholarship, Columbia University Epidemiology and Population Health (2019)
Fellowship, NYU CTSI Mentor Development Program (2018)
President Gutmann Leadership Award for Travel, University of Pennsylvania (2011)
ThinkSwiss Award, University of Basel, Switzerland (2011)
Rising Star, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Xi Chapter (2011)


Assessing the influence of patient language preference on 30 day hospital readmission risk from home health care: A retrospective analysis

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Forgotten Front Line: Understanding the Needs of Unionized Home Health Aides in Downstate New York During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pinto, S., Ma, C., Wiggins, F., Ecker, S., Obodai, M., & Sterling, M. (2022). New Solutions, 31(4), 460-468. 10.1177/10482911211058839
During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, home health aides (HHAs) provided daily medical and personal care to community-dwelling older adults and those with chronic conditions. Prior qualitative studies have found that providing care during COVID-19 left HHAs susceptible to physical, financial, and emotional risks. However, limited quantitative data exist The objective of this study was to assess the impact of COVID-19 on HHAs and to understand the challenges and opportunities for current and future pandemic planning. A cross-sectional survey of 256 HHAs in the downstate New York region was conducted by telephone in English, French Creole, Chine, Spanish, and Russian between August and November 2020. The survey found that HHAs experienced a variety of physical, financial, and emotional challenges during COVID-19. To better support this work force, action by public health officials and policymakers is warranted, particularly with respect to workplace protections and safety, mental health, compensation, and access to basic resources.

Association of grip strength with quality of life in the chinese oldest old

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Continuity of Nursing Care in Home Health: Impact on Rehospitalization among Older Adults with Dementia

Ma, C., McDonald, M. V., Feldman, P. H., Miner, S., Jones, S., & Squires, A. (2021). Medical Care, 59(10), 913-920. 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001599
Background: Home health care (HHC) is a leading form of home and community-based services for persons with dementia (PWD). Nurses are the primary providers of HHC; however, little is known of nursing care delivery and quality. Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the association between continuity of nursing care in HHC and rehospitalization among PWD. Research Design: This is a retrospective cohort study using multiple years (2010-2015) of HHC assessment, administrative, and human resources data from a large urban not-for-profit home health agency. Subjects: This study included 23,886 PWD receiving HHC following a hospitalization. Measures: Continuity of nursing care was calculated using the Bice and Boxerman method, which considered the number of total visits, nurses, and visits from each nurse during an HHC episode. The outcome was all-cause rehospitalization during HHC. Risk-Adjusted logistic regression was used for analysis. Results: Approximately 24% of PWD were rehospitalized. The mean continuity of nursing care score was 0.56 (SD=0.33). Eight percent of PWD received each nursing visit from a different nurse (no continuity), and 26% received all visits from one nurse during an HHC episode (full continuity). Compared with those receiving high continuity of nursing care (third tertile), PWD receiving low (first tertile) or moderate (second tertile) continuity of nursing care had an adjusted odds ratio of 1.33 (95% confidence interval: 1.25-1.46) and 1.30 (95% confidence interval: 1.22-1.43), respectively, for being rehospitalized. Conclusions: Wide variations exist in continuity of nursing care to PWD. Consistency in nurse staff when providing HHC visits to PWD is critical for preventing rehospitalizations.

Does psychosocial support buffer the effect of COVID-19 related stressors on mental health among Chinese during quarantine?

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Effect of social participation on the development of physical frailty: Do type, frequency and diversity matter?

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Evaluating the Quality of Home Care in China Using the Home Care Quality Assessment Tool

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Prevalence and risk factors of the co-occurrence of physical frailty and cognitive impairment in Chinese community-dwelling older adults

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Where Are We and What Shall We Do Next? A Qualitative Study of the Quality of Home Care in Shanghai, China

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Working experience of certified nursing assistants in the greater New York City area during the COVID-19 pandemic: Results from a survey Study

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