The present-day scope of practice and services of the traditional healer in South Africa
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Background:The scope of practice of the traditional healer in South Africa is not guided or circumscribed by any statutory mandate at present. The traditional healer's practice and services are currently based on and driven by the supernatural and the afterlife, lacking not only a scientific foundation, but also legal constraint. Aims: This study aimed to determine and describe the present-day scope of practice and services of the South African traditional healer. Methods: This is an exploratory and descriptive study that makes use of an historical approach by means of investigation and a literature review. The emphasis is on using current documentation like articles, books and newspapers as primary sources to reflect on the scope of practice and services of the South African traditional healer. The findings are offered in narrative form. Results: There is no established curriculum and practice culture to serve as an evaluation and descriptive criteria for the present-day traditional healer's scope of practice. Conclusion: The South African traditional healer's practice and rights are unwritten and legally unregulated, especially when viewed against in comparison with the current practice customs, traditions and rights of the South African statutorily regulated healthcare practitioners.
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