oa South African Family Practice - Who are good home-based care volunteers? : original research
<i>Aim:</i> 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. <br><i>Methodology:</i> Structured questionnaires were completed with all the available volunteers trained during 1999. The questionnaires were quantitatively analysed manually. <br><i>Results:</i> 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 Twenty-seven (27) volunteers could not be traced, as they were no longer active in the project.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: <ol> <li> Married</li> <li> Female</li> <li> >30 years of age</li> <li> Breadwinners themselves or have a husband/spouse who is the breadwinner.</li> </ol> <br><i>Conclusions:</i> 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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