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Title:Knowledge, attitude and the practice of traditional bone-setting among the residents of Ibadan, Nigeria
Authors:Ajala, Aderemi SuleimanISNI
Binang, S.N.
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:traditional medicine
Abstract:The practice of traditional bonesetting is a branch of traditional medicine, which is fast gaining recognition not only in Ibadan city, but also in Nigeria as a whole. Despite the increasing popularity of this branch of traditional medicine, particularly in urban centres in Nigeria, Western health institutions undermine its potency. This study assesses the knowledge and attitude of people in Ibadan city towards traditional bonesetting with a view to ascertaining if the practice can be regarded as an alternative therapy. For this purpose, 237 respondents were involved in the research. The results show that Ijaw, Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani people practise traditional bonesetting more than any other ethnic groups in Ibadan. People believe in the potency of traditional bonesetting more than Western orthopaedics because it is affordable, accessible and accommodating to patients. It is further established that there is a need to integrate traditional bonesetting into Western orthopaedic practice for the development of a sustainable health care system in Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]