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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 348-356

Improving Primary Orthopaedic and Trauma Care in Nepal

1 Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, Nepal Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Bheri Zonal Hospital, Nepalganj, Western Nepal, Nepal
3 World Orthopaedic Concern-UK, c/o Dr. Shah, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nepal Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Correspondence Address:
R K Shah
Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, Nepal Medical College, PO Box 13344, Kathmandu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of training programmes for the village health practitioners aimed at improving primary orthopaedic and trauma care in our rural setting. Materials & Methods: Six year prospective study of training workshops in local health institutions was carried out using locally available manpower and materials. Results: After 6 years the evaluation of this programme shows a significantly improved (p<0.05) knowledge base and working skills after completion of training workshop. Summary: To avoid unnecessary complications, effective primary health care provided by an appropiately trained person should be available at the peripheral level. This training programme seems successful in achieving this goal and hence needs adoption for wider use in Nepal.

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