Radiology Readiness™, Research and Relationship Development
This chapter describes the impetus and process of project design for improving radiology services as part of global health development projects. The “radiology divide” between developing and developed nations contributes to disparities in healthcare access, availability, and quality. Designing programs and projects to ameliorate these disparities requires a stepwise, evidence-based approach. The 16-part Radiology Readiness™ approach developed by RAD-AID International is one such approach. The Radiology Readiness™ approach emphasizes the importance of relationship building, background research, data collection and analysis, development of goals and objectives, and continuous reassessment during project execution. By using this approach, RAD-AID has had success developing sustainable radiology-related health development projects in developing nations.
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