A survey of international medical volunteers' experiences of working with Voluntary Service Overseas in Ethiopia.



McCauley, Mary, Amado, Yohannes and van den Broek, Nynke
(2018) A survey of international medical volunteers' experiences of working with Voluntary Service Overseas in Ethiopia. Tropical doctor, 48 (4). 330 - 334.

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Abstract

Many skilled medical professionals from high-income countries volunteer to work in poor-resource settings. There is, however, little research to assess the views and experiences of such healthcare providers. Our study sought to explore this among Voluntary Service Overseas volunteers working in Ethiopia for one year. An online survey was distributed to all returned international medical volunteers one year after their return to their base country. Most felt that they had impacted the local community in which they worked and reported a positive experience, recommending this to friends or family, but there was a small subgroup whose experience was otherwise. We believe there is a need for more comprehensive, systematic and robust monitoring in order to evaluate the outcomes of medical volunteers' placements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Attitude of Health Personnel, Adult, Health Personnel, Workplace, Ethiopia, Female, Male, Volunteers, Surveys and Questionnaires, Medical Missions
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2019 10:50
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2022 05:42
DOI: 10.1177/0049475518794723
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0049475518794723
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3032359