Learning Objective 1: Identify the role of community health promotion volunteers in Taiwan; and explain the important steps in the development and testing of a new tool.
Learning Objective 2: Understand the burden experienced by community health volunteers in Taiwan
Purpose: To develop a questionnaire to measure burden experienced by community health volunteers and to measure burdens experienced by a current cohort of volunteers in Taiwan.
Methods: Using a sequential mixed method exploratory design the study incorporated three phases: initial development of a questionnaire, testing of the questionnaire, and surveying a large sample of volunteers using the developed questionnaire.
Results: The 20 item instrument showed good internal consistency, content validity, and construct validity. Using a stratified random sampling approach 435 participants in a region of Taiwan completed the final questionnaire. The findings indicated that overall the burden experienced by the participants was low to medium. However, volunteers who undertook greater hours, volunteers without partners, and those who had poorer personal physical health experienced greater burden.
Conclusion: Community nurses in Taiwan will be able to use the tool to assess the burden experienced by volunteers. The tool will hopefully widely used given the important role of volunteers in complementing the work of community nurses.