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Development and Evaluation of an Anticoagulant Consumer Education Video

Evidence shows that improving patients' knowledge about anticoagulant medications can reduce their chances of experiencing potentially harmful bleeding. A researcher from Curtin University would like input from two to three Research Buddies to produce a patient education video around safe use of anticoagulants.

About the project/vacancy

Oral anticoagulants, such as warfarin and the newer DOACs, are also known as 'blood thinners', are very effective medicines for a range of health conditions, but also carry a risk of bleeding.

Researchers are particularly interested in consumers who have recent experience with any of the following DOAC medications: APIXABAN, DABIGATRAN OR RIVAROXABAN

It has been shown previously that the more that consumers know about the anticoagulant they are taking, the better their chances of getting the most out of their medicine.

There are many resources available to help consumers learn about warfarin but, as far as we are aware, there is currently no video available in Australia to assist health professionals to inform consumers about anticoagulants, especially Direct Oral Anticoagulants.



About the position

The researchers are open to talking with people who have had recent experience with taking a Direct Oral Anticoagulants (apixaban, dabigatran or rivaroxaban) for prevention or treatment of a blood clot, or their carers. Please note we currently have enough applications from people who have experience with Warfarin. 

What am I expected to do?

The researcher would like involvement in three meetings (with some 'homework' in between) to inform the content and delivery of the video. Each meeting would be no more than 1 hour, with approx. 30 min of reading/preparation in between Meetings 1 and 2:

  • Meeting 1 to give background and outline the guidance and direction we seek
  • Meeting 2 to allow feedback and guidance about the information provided in the video
  • Meeting 3 after filming to decide on any possible changes to final edit

What skills or experience do I need?

People of any age who have had experience taking anticoagulants (apixaban, dabigatran or rivaroxaban), carers are also invited to apply

How long am I expected to be involved?

Three meetings (no more than 1 hour each); plus 30 min reading/preparation = 3.5 hours maximum.

Where will meetings be held?

Curtin University, Bentley campus

What support is offered?

$35 per hour honorarium is paid. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 13 March 2020

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