Author(s): M Oboirien, A Khalid
Background: Traditional bone setters’ practices abound in both urban and rural Nigeria. It is the art of manipulating bone and joint injuries by person who are unqualified and have no formal training. The practise still thrives even in the face of modernity. Objectives: To determine people’s knowledge and belief about traditional bone practices in our area of practise and the reasons for their continued patronage. Methodology: Semi-structured questionnaires were administered to patients and their guardian attending the Orthopaedic out-patient department. A total of ninety- nine respondents were involved. Results: Sixty-one males and thirty-eight females respondent were involved with a male to female ratio of 1.6:1 and the age range was between 15 to 75 years with a mean age of 35.5 and standard deviation of 15.775. Twenty- two per cent of respondents believe that TBS practitioners are competent while 46 % believe they are average. Seventy-one percent of respondent had educational level above primary education. The mean monthly income was 182 USD. Chi-square test showed no significant relationship (P>0.05) between education, occupation and income with perception. Conclusion: Patronage of traditional bone setters is rooted in belief and has no correlation with people’s educational status, income or occupation.