Presented by: Modupe Onigbogi
Due to increasing levels of anonymity, there is a need to improve community engagement in support of chronically-ill persons who live in overcrowded cities. Our study sought to assess the willingness of respondents to accept membership of bereavement support groups.
Self administered questionnaires were completed by 151 respondents. SPSS version 15 data editor was used to analyze data. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were used to evaluate the correlates of willingness to participate.
A total of fifty eight persons (37%) of the respondents reported that they will be willing to join such support groups if they were eventually set up. Decreased WTP was associated with concerns about distance to meeting venues (OR = 0.62, 95% CI: 0.16–0.74) and social stigmatization (OR = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.23–0.48). Higher willingness was associated with prior involvement in volunteer work (OR = 1.45, 95% CI: 1.12–1.52), higher levels of education (OR = 1.47, 95% CI: 1.14–1.75) and possibility of financial incentives (OR = 1.79, 95% CI: 1.22–1.82).
The low level of willingness recorded indicates that there is a need for engagement with local communities in order for them to set up bereavement support groups.