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


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

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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
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 21 Medicine as a profession.
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WX Hospitals and Other Health Facilities > WX 100 General works
WX Hospitals and Other Health Facilities > Clinical Departments and Units > WX 203 Medical personnel. Interns. Staff manuals. Ward manuals and precedent books
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Pubrouter
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 15:24
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 14:33


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