Table 3

Factors influencing burden of volunteer work in Taiwan (n = 310)
Associates of the sum of all burdens Standardised coefficient Original coefficient 95%-CI p-value
Service in rural area (compared to service in the urban area) −0.357 −8.084 −10.569, -5.599 P < 0.001
Service 60 people or more per week (compared to servicing less people) 0.375 10.030 12.804, 7.257 P < 0.001
Service hours per week
3 to 11.9 hours per week 0.131 4.063 0.838, 7.287 P = 0.014
12 hours or more per week 0.144 4.759 0.874, 8.643 P = 0.017
Work in Health Promotion Development Centre hospital based (compared to community or public health centre based) 0.147 3.514 0.886, 6.142 P = 0.009
Time spent as a community health volunteer* (number of years) −0.169 −0.597 −0.969, -0.225 P = 0.002
Total time spent in voluntary service overall** (number of years) 0.180 0.271 0.084, 0.459 P = 0.005
Being a widow or widower (compared to being single, unmarried, married, or divorced) −0.117 −4.056 −7.629, -0.482 P = 0.026
Health status in comparison to someone of similar age being average, not well or really unwell (compared to well and very well) 0.147 3.449 1.192, 5.707 P = 0.003
Model Summary R2 =0.303 F(11,298) = 11.803 (p < 0.001)

*Coefficient pertains to every additional year spent as a community health volunteer.

**Coefficient pertains to every additional year spent in voluntary service overall.

Result of multiple linear regression analysis adjusted for the confounding effects of age and employment status.

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

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