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Journal of Appropriate Technology 2021;7(2):235-247.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.37675/jat.2021.7.2.235    Published online November 20, 2021.
A Rapid Review of the Use of Appropriate Technology in Global Health
Jayoung Park1,2, Heesu Shin1,3, Hee Joon Choi1, Jongho Heo1,4, Woong-Han Kim1,2,5
1Program in Global Surgery and Implementation Science, JW LEE Center for Global Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
2Department of Human Systems Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
3Department of Aerospace Nursing, Aerospace Medical Center, Cheongju, South Korea
4National Assembly Futures Institute, Seoul, South Korea
5Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Seoul National University Children’s Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea 
Correspondence:  Woong-Han Kim, Email: joheo@nafi.re.kr/woonghan@snu.ac.kr
Received: 30 September 2021   • Revised: 9 November 2021   • Accepted: 15 November 2021
The need for appropriate technology in global health has expanded dramatically as the gap between industrialized and developing countries continues to expand. However, there is no collective knowledge of appropriate technology in global health. Thus, this study intends to provide light on the latest developments in the field of appropriate technology in global health and to speculate on future directions. A rapid review, or simplified technique, was used to systematically identify and summarize emerging papers. The search technique used the keywords “global health” and “appropriate technology.” The total number of papers collected from PubMed and Scopus was 427, and 19 articles were thoroughly reviewed for the result section following the research. The study's conclusions included the following: 1) an assessment of appropriate technology adopted in developing countries; and 2) strategies for implementing appropriate technologies in global health. Additionally, we drew lessons and identified problems to serve as a useful guide for future research and development in appropriate technology. This review uncovered a small but valuable level of information about acceptable technology in global health.
Key Words: global health, appropriate technology, rapid review, developing countries

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