Submit a Research Survey Request

Pending approval from the Research Operations Sub-Committee, NCS members are allowed the opportunity to post surveys for voluntary participation from the NCS membership. Surveys are reviewed by the sub-committee on a monthly basis.

Active Surveys

Characterizing Practice Preferences in Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus

Super refractory status epilepticus (SRSE) is rare and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. To date there is minimal quality evidence to guide treatment. Most adjunctive therapies for SRSE are described only in case reports and series. Potential protocols for management of SRSE have been proposed (link). A global registry of patients with status epilepticus showed significant variability in the use of adjunctive treatments (link). There is significant overlap between the management of SRSE and new-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE). In light of recent consensus statements regarding the diagnosis and management of new-onset refractory status epilepticus (link), we are interested in understanding how these recommendations compare to typical practice of NORSE and SRSE. We seek to describe current practice preferences and variations in the management of SRSE with a particular interest in understanding the utilization of resources.

Target Audience: Physicians (including trainees), advance practice providers, pharmacists

Duration: 10-15 minutes
ContactMatthew Woodward
Survey Closes: December 1, 2023

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Updated Brain Death Criteria and Public Perceptions – What Do Providers Think?

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the stance of healthcare providers on the number of brain death exams necessary for death determination, especially after catastrophic brain injury, and how brain death criteria may impact public perceptions of brain death related issues. You are being asked to participate in this study because you are a healthcare professional that encounters patients evaluated using the brain death exam.

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals that encounter patients evaluated using the brain death exam, including surgeons, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, residents, and fellows in trauma surgery, critical care, and neurology or other relevant providers/fields

Duration: 10-15 minutes
ContactBerje Shammassian
Survey Closes: January 31, 2024

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The Variability in Use and Protocols for Intrathecal Nicardipine in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

The purpose of this study is to understand the variability in use and protocols for intrathecal nicardipine in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage patients. Study activities will include the completion of a brief survey which includes questions about clinical treatment decisions and protocols.

Target Audience: Attendings who treat subarachnoid hemorrhage

Duration: 5-10 minutes
ContactRachel Beekman
Survey Closes: March 1, 2024

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Intubation Practices in Neurocritical Care

The University of Michigan is conducting a research study to understand how intubation is performed in Neurocritical Care Units in the US. We are asking you to complete a voluntary survey that will take approximately 10-15 minutes. There is a small risk that your personal information could be revealed, but we will take steps to protect your privacy and will not share any identifiable information in any research publications. Your participation is voluntary, and you can stop the survey at any time without penalty. There is no compensation for participating, but your responses may help us to improve our understanding of intubation practices in the US. The University of Michigan IRB has approved this study.

Target Audience: Attending physicians, fellows, mid-level providers and residents

Duration: 10-15 minutes
ContactRameez Merchant
Survey Closes: March 30, 2024

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Ketamine for Refractory Status Epilepticus: A Survey of Practices and Perceptions

The purpose of this study is to gather information regarding the use of ketamine for refractory status epilepticus, including common practices and perceptions. Ketamine is an adjunct anesthetic sometimes used in the setting of RSE, though the frequency of use, typical starting and titration doses, duration, time of initiation, and other practices and perceptions remain largely unknown.

Target Audience: Physicians, advanced practice providers, pharmacists, nurses, and researchers caring for patients with refractory status epilepticus

Duration: 10 minutes
ContactGabe Fontaine
Survey Closes: April 1, 2024

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Past Approved Surveys

Name of Survey
Survey Opened
Contact Name

COVID-19 Neurocritical Care Survey
June 31, 2023
Deborah Green-LaRoche

Utilization and Impact on Fellowship Training of Non-Physician Advanced Practice Providers in Neuro-Intensive Care Units of Academic Medical Centers: A Survey of Neurocritical Care Program Directors and Trainees
July 7, 2021
Marc Alain Babi

Systems-Based Hospital Practices of Acute TBI
April 7, 2021
Roy Poblete

Early Post-traumatic Seizure Prophylaxis: A Worldwide Survey on Current Practice
April 7, 2021
Gretchen Brophy

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)/Critical Care Ultrasound (CCU)
April 7, 2021
Judy Ch'ang

NCS' Assessment of the Advance Practice Provider (APP) Response to COVID-19
September 11, 2020
Lindsay Marchetti

COVID-19 and Telehealth in the Intensive Care Unit Setting
September 11, 2020
Sarah Nelson

Acute Stroke Management of Tandem Occlusions during Mechanical Thrombectomy (MT) Survey
August 23, 2020
Santiago Ortega-Gutierrez

Perceptions of Health Care Providers Worldwide Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic & Its Impact on Patient Care, Resources, and Clinical Education
April 28, 2020
Sarah Wahlster

Practice Changes for Acute Ischemic Stroke During COVID-19
April 16, 2020
Tamara Strohm

Moyamoya Disease Survey of International Perioperative Practices

March 13th, 2020

Carolina B Maciel

Hypotension in the ICU
January 16, 2020
Ward van der Ven

Career Satisfaction
October 7, 2019
Shyam Rao

Sedation Management in Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Survey
August 13, 2019
Victoria Mcredie

Drug Shortages
July 18, 2019
Emily Durr

Laboratory Values that Preclude Brain Death Diagnosis
July 9, 2019
David Lerner

Determination of the Inter Rater Reliability of the modified Fisher Scale
July 2, 2019
Christopher Melinosky

Pharmacogenomics of Calcium Channel Blocker Medication in Stroke and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
May 16, 2019
David Freeman

Survey Submission Requirements

Pending approval from the Research Operations Sub-Committee, NCS Members are allowed the opportunity to post surveys for free-will participation from the NCS Membership. NOTE: Surveys are reviewed by the Committee on a monthly basis. Following submission of the form you will receive a follow up email from NCS staff regarding whether your survey has been approved. NOTE: Survey submissions are usually reviewed and approved on a monthly basis. Please provide ample time for review before following up.

If you would like to be considered to have your survey to be posted, please review the following requirements:

  1. Review the NCS Policy and Procedures for research survey requests.
  2. Complete the required Submission Form below.
  3. If accepted, complete a Feedback Survey after the survey has closed.