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This participatory action research aimed to develop potential of village health volunteers for continuous labor support and to study the outcome of the model by investigating the satisfaction level of the parturients and nurses, and the problems and barriers for using this model.
The subjects included the 60 parturients, 25 village health volunteers, and 14 nurses. Instruments were the interview guideline questions for collecting qualitative data and satisfaction of the parturients and nurses for quantitative data. The reliabilities of the satisfaction questionnaire were 0.92 and 0.85 respectively. Quantitative data were analyzed with descriptive statistics, and the qualitative data were analyzed with analytic inductive statistics.
The results showed that developing potential of village health volunteers for continuous labor support were the operational workshops, demonstrations and practices. The parturients and nurses reported the satisfaction on the continuous labor support from village health volunteers at the highest level (M=4.29, SD=0.47 and M=4.42, SD=0.33 respectively, Likert rating of 5). The problems and barriers in using this model were the village health volunteers’ large amount of work load and inconvenience to give continuous labor support, and less cooperation of the parturients.
Developing potential of village health volunteers for continuous labor support is an efficient type of continuous labor support and it should be widely promoted.
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