Journal of
the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy

  • Abbreviation: J. Nig. Soc. Physiother.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0331-3735
  • DOI: 10.5897/JNSP
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 58

Full Length Research Paper

Health policy development and implementation in Nigeria: The role of physiotherapists

Pascal O. Mogbo
  • Pascal O. Mogbo
  • Preferred Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic Ltd., 69 Queen Street, Alagomeji, Lagos. Nigeria.
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Joseph A. Balogun
  • Joseph A. Balogun
  • College of Health Sciences, Chicago State University, 9501 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628, USA.
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  •  Received: 05 June 2020
  •  Accepted: 12 November 2020
  •  Published: 31 December 2020


This article discussed the historical context of health policy development in Nigeria and the roles physiotherapists can play in its implementation. It also proposed a conceptual framework on the connection between physiotherapy and health policy development and the plausible physical therapy services within the Nigerian national health policy agenda. The issues raised are a call to action for Nigerian physiotherapists to become more proactive in policy development rather than continue to react to the policies developed by power player stakeholders.

Key words: Health policy, policy development, physiotherapy, Nigeria.