Fracture treatment by bonesetters in central Ghana: patients explain their choices and experiences

  title={Fracture treatment by bonesetters in central Ghana: patients explain their choices and experiences},
  author={Marcel J. H. Ari{\"e}s and Hanneke Joosten and Harry H.J. Wegdam and S van der Geest},
  journal={Tropical Medicine \& International Health},
Objective  To understand factors influencing patients’ decisions to choose either fracture treatment by a bonesetter or in the hospital and to explore patients’ experiences with bonesetter treatment. 

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