National survey of hospice volunteers and staff

This national survey of hospice volunteers and staff will elicit information about the activities, motivations and experiences of volunteers in approximately 20 hospice organizations, selected to mirror the diversity of hospice organizations in the United States today. Hospices traditionally rely on donated, unpaid services for both administrative tasks (e.g., clerical work and fundraising) and also for direct interactions with patients. The survey will address volunteer activities, sources of role satisfaction and dissatisfaction, and perceptions of public policy issues surrounding end-of-life care. It is expected that the survey will lead to a better understanding of the motivations that bring people into hospice volunteering and the experiences that keep them there or drive them away. In addition, a survey of paid professional staff at the sites will assess their perceptions of volunteers and the volunteer role in hospice. Finally, interviews with executives at the participating sites will be used to build a profile of the current state of hospices in the evolving health care system.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $110,068.00

Awarded on: 11/13/1996

Time frame: 12/1/1996 - 11/30/1998

Grant Number: 30116


University of Virginia Health Sciences Center

Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, 22908-4708


Carolyn L. Engelhard
Project Director