Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common condition with serious consequences and impact to healthcare systems, especially in underdeveloped, or developing economies. Prevention initiatives, patient awareness and primary care early diagnosis and treatment are key factors for reducing stroke risk and subsequent healthcare load. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the third most frequent acute cardiovascular syndrome after myocardial infarction and stroke, representing a major threat for the health and life of a large number of patients globally.

DEEP-RAFT is an educational and outreach research endeavor in four Eastern Europe countries (Greece, Georgia, Kazhakhstan, Ukraine) for patients, doctors and healthcare policy makers. It aims at raising awareness, educating and affecting systemic change on diagnosis and treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and Venous thromboembolism (VTE).

DEEP-RAFT innovates through a co-creative approach for educational design and an active approach to learning and awareness building.

DEEP-RAFT creates evidence based, medically valid interactive educational material in the form of virtual patients and branching educational vignettes for doctors and patients. This content drives experiential workshops and Infodays at key international conferences and dates.

DEEP-RAFT content and events are created with the help of healthcare system stakeholders (Specialist doctors, patients, healthcare policy makers) custom to healthcare, cultural and technological particulars of each participating country. Active learning principles such as Scenario/Problem Based Learning facilitate hands-on doctors’ education and participatory patient awareness.

DEEP-RAFT’s multilayered, iterative evaluation plan covers all levels of outcomes from activity participation to community healthcare impact ensuring DEEP-RAFT’s systemic and emergent healthcare impact through evidence based, co-creative, active learning, participatory approaches.

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DeepRaft Project, funded by Independent medical educational grants to support innovative educational and quality improvement initiatives in AF and VTE (EQUATE), Pfizer grant ID:42537945