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Date of this Version

Winter 4-15-2021

Abstract

The study intends Evaluative the skills developed and used for medical information retrieval by traditional medical practitioners in Katsina State, Nigeria. The study used a purposive sampling technique, specifically convenience sampling to select participants and unstructured interview was used to collect data from the participants. The findings from the study indicated that the Traditional medical practitioners use Biological- herbs, and Special Quranic prayers to cure disease, there is no formal documented information on traditional medical practices The procedures and search skills used by the traditional medical practitioners included visiting bushes, plucking of leaves, uprooting relevant plants for their stems and roots, cutting trees, and peeling of tree skins as primary aspect of the procedure while the secondary Procedure covers washing, cleaning, drying, chopping, pounding, packaging and preserving, the skills developed and used for medical information retrieval by traditional medical practitioners included being loyal, visiting senior scholars or colleagues for explanations on issues proving difficult, there was no formal information retrieval skills developed by the practitioners Katsina State

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