Eduardo Rosenblatt, MD in his role at the Division of Human Health, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) alongside 20 other radiotherapy colleagues, conducted a previously uninvestigated 2018 study looking into the quality of radiotherapy services in post-Soviet countries. Following a formal methodology, the IAEA conducted a survey using two sets of validated radiation oncology quality indicators (ROIs). As a member of the Radiotherapy Task Force, Dr. Rosenblatt offers for your review, the study where eleven post-Soviet countries were assessed. A coordinator was designated for each country and acted as the liaison between the country and the IAEA. The methodology was a one-time cross-sectional survey using a 58-question tool in Russian. The questionnaire was based on two validated sets of ROIs: for radiotherapy centers, the indicators proposed by Cionini et al., and for data at the country level, the Australasian ROIs.
This study includes a snapshot of the infrastructure and quality of radiotherapy services in Ukraine as well as other post-soviet countries in 2018. As such, it is a valuable reference point to compare the situation right now, the impact of the conflict and to plan ahead for a full reconstruction and improvement.
You can download the study “Quality of Radiotherapy Services in Post-Soviet Countries: An IAEA Survey” below.
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