oa South African Family Practice - Who are good home-based care volunteers? : original research



&lt;i&gt;Aim:&lt;/i&gt; The aim of the study was to describe the characteristics of volunteers who remained active in the home-based care project located in Tzaneen (Limpopo Province) and thereby assist the project leaders to improve the recruitment and quality of the service in the future. &lt;br&gt;&lt;i&gt;Methodology:&lt;/i&gt; Structured questionnaires were completed with all the available volunteers trained during 1999. The questionnaires were quantitatively analysed manually. &lt;br&gt;&lt;i&gt;Results:&lt;/i&gt; Ninety-six (96) people attended the introductory phase of the home-based care course during 1999. Seventy-one (71) were volunteers and 25 were people living with HIV. Forty-six (46) of the participants completed the questionnaires (44 volunteers plus two people living with HIV working as volunteers). Twenty-seven (27) volunteers could not be traced, as they were no longer active in the project. <br>The following factors were associated with active volunteers: &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li&gt; Married&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; Female&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; >30 years of age&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; Breadwinners themselves or have a husband/spouse who is the breadwinner.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ol&gt; &lt;br&gt;&lt;i&gt;Conclusions:&lt;/i&gt; Presently, most of the active volunteers are married, female, older than 30 and are the breadwinner themselves or have a husband who is the breadwinner.


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