Table 2

The burden characteristics of the survey participants (N = 435) measured by the BCHV tool*
Item Mean SD** n
1. I feel the low participation by the community residents in planned healthcare activities impacts on my role. 3.01 (± 0.98) 433
2. I feel I lack support from members of the community residents in carrying out my role 2.43 (± 0.98) 434
3. Misunderstanding by the community residents about the health service availability affects my role. 2.58 (± 1.03) 434
4. I feel the presence of fraudulent groups in Taiwan makes my role as a health care volunteer more difficult. 2.71 (± 1.20) 433
5. I feel the adaptation courses provided for volunteers did not adequately help me to conduct my role. 2.40 (± 1.10) 433
6. I feel the lack of volunteers makes my role more difficult. 2.86 (± 1.18) 431
7. I feel the benefits for volunteers are inadequate. 2.37 (± 1.33) 432
8. I feel my role is affected by missing or broken equipment. 2.48 (± 1.07) 433
9. I feel the difficulty associated with completing the required paper work impacts on my role. 2.62 (± 1.15) 432
10. I feel the frequent change of supervising strategies of the health government impacts on my role. 2.53 (± 1.22) 433
11. I feel that I have too many community activities to conduct to be effective. 2.17 (± 1.10) 432
12. I feel the courses provided for volunteers did not adequately prepare me for the health problems I manage. 2.56 (± 1.07) 426
13. I find it difficult to communicate among some of the community residents, such as immigrant residents, and this makes my role harder. 2.52 (± 1.05) 427
14. I am unclear about the expectations of my role. 1.70 (± 0.90) 427
15. I feel lack of communication and/or interaction with other volunteers makes my role more difficult. 1.60 (± 0.76) 428
16. I feel that the dangers associated with the health services and home care impact on my role. 1.59 (± 0.77) 428
17. I feel physically exhausted due to my volunteer role. 1.66 (± 0.82) 427
18. I feel the lack support of my family makes my role more difficult. 1.43 (± 0.75) 429
19. I feel it is difficult to arrange health schedules during holidays. 2.28 (± 0.97) 429
20. Overall, I feel the burdens associated with the volunteer’s role are heavy. 2.11 (± 0.87) 428
Overall mean sum of burdens 45.6 (± 11.5) 425
range 20-85
Overall mean of single burdens 2.28 (± 0.58) 425

*BCHV = Burden on Community Health Volunteers; Each item was assessed from 1 = never, 2 = seldom, 3 = sometimes, 4 = often, 5 = always;

**SD = standard deviation.

Gau et al.

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

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