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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 79-82

Knowledge, attitude and practice about the traditional bone setters among health workers in federal medical centre, Owo, Nigeria.

1 Departments of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Federal Medical Center, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria
2 Departments of Surgery, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Nigeria
3 Departments of Orthopaedics andTraumatology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

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A A Olasinde
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Federal Medical Centre, P.M.B. 1053, Owo, Ondo State
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The practice of traditional bone setters can no longer be denied in this environment as some of the complications resulting from their treatment are still seen commonl y in orthopaedic surgical practice. This study was undertaken at the Federal Medical Centre , Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria t o find out about knowledge , attitude and practice about the traditional bone setters ( TBS) among health workers. A pre -tested questionnaire was distributed among the health work ers through t heir heads of de partments for ease of collection. The response rate was 88 .2% with a male to female ratio of 1:1.7. .1% were aware of the TBS practice in our environment and 32.7% got t o know about them through the mass media; constituting the greatest percentage proportion. Onl y 19.6'7o - of the respond ents claimed the knowledge of how traditional bone setters acquired their skills, 73.6% of these responded that it was innately acquired . While most of the res pondents assessed their care as inadequate and that they should not be allowed to treat patients with fractures ; 12.9% believed that the T BS possessed special powers to treat fractures that is lacking in ortho paedic surgeons. H ealth assistants were the most likely to be believe in the possession of such powers. It was recommended that the TBS should be banned from unvented access t o t he use of the mass media. the hospital environment , there is need to organize regular updat e or instructional lectures for health workers , especially the health assistants who are most likel y to give wrong interpretations to events surrounding the patient treatment by the orthodox practitioners.

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