Factors associated with the utilization of the services of traditional Bonesetters in Northern Region of Ghana

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November, 2019
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Since 1978, the WHO has been promoting cooperation between modern and Traditional medicine. However traditional medicine as well as traditional bone setting had received poor recognition in Ghana formal health system. In spite of this, traditional bonesetters in the Northern region still enjoyed strong community influence, popularity and a high degree of confidence and abound in almost every part of the region. The main objective of this study was to investigate factors associated with the utilization of the services of traditional bonesetters in Northern region of Ghana. The study adopted mixed qualitative and quantitative method, with In-depth interviews conducted to twenty- eight (28) traditional bone setters, (64) bonesetter clients and 3 Focus groups. The main reasons included mostly cheaper fees, 66 (26.29%); cultural beliefs, 45 (17.93%) and others while 22 (34.3%) out of 64 of the clients preferred orthodox treatment of bone injury and the main reasons cited included: the availability of X-ray facility, 42 (27.27%); Proper pain management, 39 (25.32%). Majority of TBS reported that their practice is family-based, and a gift from God handed over from one generation to another within the family. It is important for Health policy makers to consider training and retraining of TBS to minimize poor outcome of fracture treatment and also encourage collaborative understanding between orthodox practitioner and TBS in Ghana.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Public Health (Mph) in health policy management and economics.
Utilization, Northern Region