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Working Paper

IDS Working Paper;334

Who Are ‘Informal Health Providers’ and What Do They Do? Perspectives from Medical Anthropology

Published on 1 July 2010

This paper explores gaps and limitations in the conceptualisation, methodology and policy implications of debates about informal health care providers by examining a cross section of empirical studies.

Drawing on a tradition of critical medical anthropology, we argue that existing debates hinge on a particular understanding of what constitutes appropriate knowledge and on particular expectations of how economic actors in the medical marketplace will behave.

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Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

Publication details

published by
IDS
authors
Cross, J. and MacGregor, H.
journal
IDS Working Paper, issue 334
isbn
978 1 85864 796 7
language
English

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