Hanzhang Xu

Medical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
2200 West Main Street, Suite 600 Room 624, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 613-2196

My research interests center on social determinants of health and disparities in health care and outcomes in community settings and diverse populations. My current program of research falls under two themes: (i) the analysis of health disparities in a multinational context, with a particular focus on the cognitive function among older adults; and (ii) the integration of patient-reported social factors in cardiovascular outcome research.  As an interdisciplinary researcher, I am also interested in using digital technology to promote disease management in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Education and Training

  • Duke University School of Nursing, Ph.D. 2018

Selected Grants and Awards


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    Farmer HR, Wray LA, Xian Y, Xu H, Pagidipati N, Peterson ED, et al. Racial Differences in Elevated C-Reactive Protein Among US Older Adults.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Oct 21;

    Dardas LA, Shoqirat N, Xu H, Al-Khayat A, Bani Ata S, Shawashreh A, Simmons LA. Comparison of the performance of the Beck Depression Inventory-II and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale in Arab adolescents. Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.). 2019 Apr 30. PubMed Central PMCID: 31037762.

    Dardas LA, Xu H, Shawashreh A, Franklin MS, Wainwright K, Pan W. Psychometric Properties and Factor Structure of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale in a National Sample of Arab Adolescents. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2019 Feb 22:1-7. PubMed Central PMCID: 30794470.

    Siegel EO, Backman A, Cai Y, Goodman C, Ocho ON, Wei S, et al. Understanding Contextual Differences in Residential LTC Provision for Cross-National Research: Identifying Internationally Relevant CDEs. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. 2019 Jan;5:233372141984059–233372141984059.

    Kang B, Xu H, McConnell ES. Neurocognitive and psychiatric comorbidities of posttraumatic stress disorder among older veterans: A systematic review. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2018 Dec 26. PubMed Central PMCID: 30588665. (Review)

    Dardas LA, Woodward A, Scott J, Xu H, Sawair FA. Measuring the Social Impact of Nursing Research: An Insight into Altmetrics. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2018 Dec 3. PubMed Central PMCID: 30507052. (Review)

    Anderson RA, Wang J, Plassman BL, Nye K, Bunn M, Poole PA, Drake C, Xu H, Ni Z, Wu B. Working together to learn new oral hygiene techniques: Pilot of a carepartner-assisted intervention for persons with cognitive impairment. Geriatric Nursing (New York, N.Y.). 2018 Dec 3. PubMed Central PMCID: 30522909.

    Xu H, Vorderstrasse AA, Dupre ME, McConnell ES, Østbye T, Wu B. Gender differences in the association between migration and cognitive function among older adults in China and India. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2018 Nov 22;81:31-38. PubMed Central PMCID: 30502567.

    Wu B, Petrovsky DV, Wang J, Xu H, Zhu Z, Mcconnell ES, Corrazzini KN. Dementia Caregiver Interventions in Chinese Population: A Systematic Review. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2018 Sep 27. PubMed Central PMCID: 30264464. (Review)

    Liang Y, Liang H, Wang J, Xu H, Wu B. End-of-Life Care Preference: Examination of Chinese Adults with Children and Those Who Lost Their Only Child. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2018 Jul 17. PubMed Central PMCID: 30016123.