The Development of the Burden on Community Health Volunteers (BCHVs) Tool and the Measurement of Burden Experienced by Community Health Volunteers in Taiwan

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243311
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Development of the Burden on Community Health Volunteers (BCHVs) Tool and the Measurement of Burden Experienced by Community Health Volunteers in Taiwan
Author(s):
Gau, Yueh-Mei; Buettner, Petra; Usher, Kim; Stewart, Lee
Author Details:
Gau, Yueh-Mei, ymgau@gw.cgust.edu.tw; Buettner, Petra, PhD; Usher, Kim, PhD; Stewart, Lee, PhD;
Abstract:
Without volunteers, many health promotion activities in Taiwan would cease to be available to people. Since the Taiwan Government funding for community health promotion diminished, some centres have not been able to continue to recruit volunteers, offer health promotion in the community, or integrate manpower and materials from the local community for the purpose of delivering health promotion to members of the community.  Health promotion volunteers often face negative attitudes to their role from community members that lead to frustration. The volunteers may also be engaged in other forms of volunteering, which could lead to burden and result in attrition from the role. To date however there has been little empirical evidence that addresses the burden experienced by community health volunteers in Taiwan and no instrument to measure the phenomenon.

Purpose: To develop a questionnaire to measure burden experienced by community health volunteers and to measure burdens experienced by a current cohort of volunteers in Taiwan.

Methods: Using a sequential mixed method exploratory design the study incorporated three phases: initial development of a questionnaire, testing of the questionnaire, and surveying a large sample of volunteers using the developed questionnaire.

Results: The 20 item instrument showed good internal consistency, content validity, and construct validity. Using a stratified random sampling approach 435 participants in a region of Taiwan completed the final questionnaire. The findings indicated that overall the burden experienced by the participants was low to medium. However, volunteers who undertook greater hours, volunteers without partners, and those who had poorer personal physical health experienced greater burden.

Conclusion: Community nurses in Taiwan will be able to use the tool to assess the burden experienced by volunteers. The tool will hopefully widely used given the important role of volunteers in complementing the work of community nurses.

Keywords:
community health promotion volunteer; Taiwan; burden
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Development of the Burden on Community Health Volunteers (BCHVs) Tool and the Measurement of Burden Experienced by Community Health Volunteers in Taiwanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGau, Yueh-Meien_GB
dc.contributor.authorBuettner, Petraen_GB
dc.contributor.authorUsher, Kimen_GB
dc.contributor.authorStewart, Leeen_GB
dc.author.detailsGau, Yueh-Mei, ymgau@gw.cgust.edu.tw; Buettner, Petra, PhD; Usher, Kim, PhD; Stewart, Lee, PhD;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243311-
dc.description.abstractWithout volunteers, many health promotion activities in Taiwan would cease to be available to people. Since the Taiwan Government funding for community health promotion diminished, some centres have not been able to continue to recruit volunteers, offer health promotion in the community, or integrate manpower and materials from the local community for the purpose of delivering health promotion to members of the community.&nbsp; Health promotion volunteers often face negative attitudes to their role from community members that lead to frustration. The volunteers may also be engaged in other forms of volunteering, which could lead to burden and result in attrition from the role. To date however there has been little empirical evidence that addresses the burden experienced by community health volunteers in Taiwan and no instrument to measure the phenomenon. <p><b>Purpose: </b>To develop a questionnaire to measure burden experienced by community health volunteers and to measure burdens experienced by a current cohort of volunteers in Taiwan. <p><b>Methods: </b>Using a sequential mixed method exploratory design the study incorporated three phases: initial development of a questionnaire, testing of the questionnaire, and surveying a large sample of volunteers using the developed questionnaire. <p><b>Results: </b>The 20 item instrument showed good internal consistency, content validity, and construct validity. Using a stratified random sampling approach 435 participants in a region of Taiwan completed the final questionnaire. The findings indicated that overall the burden experienced by the participants was low to medium. However, volunteers who undertook greater hours, volunteers without partners, and those who had poorer personal physical health experienced greater burden. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>Community nurses in Taiwan will be able to use the tool to assess the burden experienced by volunteers. The tool will hopefully widely used given the important role of volunteers in complementing the work of community nurses.en_GB
dc.subjectcommunity health promotion volunteeren_GB
dc.subjectTaiwanen_GB
dc.subjectburdenen_GB
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:20:28Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:20:28Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen_GB
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