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New Scientific Activities and Surveys

Driven by the Scientific Initiatives Committee


In 2015, the SIC launched 2 new initiatives : Snapshot Surveys and Patient Surveys

We hope that all the European EP Centres will join us in our new activities. To this end, if you wish to participate and are not already registered, please join the EHRA Research Network of EP Centres

EP Snap Shot Survey

What is a Snap Shot Survey?

The Snap Shot Survey will be used to map the daily Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) practice in Europe, but unlike online EP Wire Surveys,  the Snap Shot Surveys are based on individual studies and at an individual level.

It is a limited survey (25 questions max) including consecutive patients for 2-4 weeks.

Upcoming SnapShot Survey

The SIC will be launching a new snapshot survey on April 13, over a period of 2 months in the 6 following countries : France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Netherlands and UK.

The topic tackled will be 'Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation'.

The main purpose of this survey will be to assess what proportion of all ICD candidates are implanted with sICD  and to identify factors that promote sICD implantation (as opposed to transvenous ICD) across Europe. By means of recognising dominant routines used for ICD and sICD implantation in daily clinical practice in Europe, this survey is expected to identify the gaps existing between contemporary clinical practice in European countries and current recommendation of cardiac societies.
Consequently, the results obtained will allow to identify the main areas of uncertainties and to suggest the directions of further research.

Summary of the protocol to donload here.

Patient survey

What is a Patient survey?

It is a questionnaire available on Internet dedicated to the patients.

The link to the questionnaire will be handed out to the patients (ambulatory or hospitalised) by nurses or doctors to be completed anonymously.

Patient survey

The SIC undertook a patient survey in November 2016, over a period of 2 months in the following countries : Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden.

This patient survey was carried out among patients with implantable electronic devices. The main purpose of this survey was to describe in detail the knowledge, values and preferences of patients with an implantable device across Europe. By identifying the education, compliance, experience and concerns of patients in daily clinical practice in Europe, this survey was expected to highlight the gaps between current recommendations and clinical practice and the areas of uncertainties.

The result and manuscript will be available soon.

Summary of the protocol to download here.

Previous Patient Surveys

The first Patient Survey about Education & Compliance of Patients taking Anticoagulants was dedicated to Patients who have or have had Atrial Fibrillation. It was conducted for 3 months in 8 different countries and languages.

Take a look at the 2 manuscripts that were published in the EP Europace Journal