Table 1

The demographic characteristic and information relating to the community health volunteer position of the survey participants (N = 435)
Characteristic Descriptive statistic
% Female participants 84.3% (n = 366)
Mean age (±SD)* [years] 59.1 (±10.8)
% Highest level of education
  Elementary school or less 34.1% (n = 145)
  Junior high school 26.1% (n = 111)
  Senior high school 26.4% (n = 112)
  College, university, or postgraduate 13.4% (n = 57)
% Religion
  Buddhist 48.7% (n = 206)
  Taoist 31.9% (n = 135)
  Other 19.4% (n = 82)
% Language (multiple answers possible)
  Mandarin 92.6% (n = 389)
  Holo 80.2% (n = 337)
  Hakka 30.2% (n = 127)
  Other 3.1% (n = 13)
% Current occupation
  Employed 31.1% (n = 129)
  Housework 51.1% (n = 212)
  Unemployed 7.7% (n = 32)
  Retired 10.1% (n = 42)
% Married/cohabited 81.0% (n = 341)
% With enough or sufficient economic resources 94.3% (n = 390)
% Current condition of health compared to people of similar age
  Excellent 16.1% (n = 69)
  Very good 45.6% (n = 195)
  Good 35.5% (n = 152)
  Fair 2.6% (n = 11)
  Poor 0.2% (n = 1)
Mean years lived in this community (±SD) 29.1 (±17.8)
% County of residence
  New Taipei 36.8% (n = 160)
  Taoyuan 50.6% (n = 220)
  Hsinchu 12.6% (n = 55)
% Serving a village rather than a city 51.0% (n = 222)
Median years (IQR)** spent working as a community health volunteer 4 (2.0, 6.3)
Median hours per week (IQR) volunteering 6.0 (4.0, 8.0)
Median number of people (IQR) serviced per week 30 (16, 60)
% CHPDC***
  Community based 52.6% (n = 229)
  Public Health Centre based 11.3% (n = 49)
  Hospital based 36.1% (n = 157)
% Volunteering job
  Fundamental 52.2% (n = 210)
  Cadre 17.7% (n = 71)
  Leader 15.7% (n = 63)
  Chief (oversees volunteer services) 14.4% (n = 58)
% Time committed to other volunteering services
  One service 38.9% (n = 167)
  Two services 25.9% (n = 111)
  hree or more services 20.7% (n = 89)
Median years spent in all other voluntary services except community health promotion (IQR) 5 (3, 8)
Median total time in years spent in voluntary service (IQR) 8 (4.5, 14)
% Planning to stay on as a community health promotion volunteer
  Very unlikely 0.3% (n = 1)
  Unlikely 0.5% (n = 2)
  Neutral 4.1% (n = 16)
  Likely 54.6% (n = 214)
  Very likely 40.6% (n = 159)

*SD = standard deviation; Not all numbers add up to 435 because of missing values in the data, **IQR = Inter-quartile range; ***CHPDC = Community Health Promotion Development Centre; Not all numbers add up to 435 because of missing values in the data.

Gau et al.

Gau et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:491   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-491

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