Surveys are an important instrument to generate research questions and evaluate the impact of clinical research in practice. Therefore, a rigorous methodology and quality of surveys is essential for good quality data particularly if ESICM endorsement is requested. You can ask an endorsement from the relevant Section prior to applying to the Research Committee.

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This survey is endorsed by ESICM – the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. We are calling for physicians who are caring for adult subarachnoid hemorrhage patients

Complete the survey here

Contact:  Lead investigators: Edoardo Picetti  (Parma University Hospital, Parma, Italy), Fabio Taccone (Erasme University Hospital, Brussels, Belgium), Pierre Bouzat (Grenoble Alpes University Hospital, Grenoble, France).

Ongoing surveys


The Cerebral infarction from delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) represents the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in patients surviving initial spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH).   

The aim of this project is to perform an international survey about practical issues (i.e. diagnosis, monitoring, prophylaxis and management) of cerebral vasospasm associated with delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) in spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) adult (> 18 years old) patients, requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission.

The main endpoints will be to examine  diagnostic procedures, monitoring tools, prevention strategies and management options.

Steering Committee: Edoardo Picetti, Fabio Taccone, Pierre Bouzat, Mary Kay Bader, Giuseppe Citerio, Raimund Helbok, Janneke Horn, Robert Loch Macdonald, Victoria McCredie, Geert Meyfroidt, Cássia Righy, Chiara Robba, Deepak Sharma, Wade Smith, Jose I Suarez, Andrew Udy, Stefan Wolf,

Ongoing surveys

Compassionate Care in the ICU Survey

There have been a multitude of studies and initiatives over the years to understand the meaning of compassionate care in medicine. Although a philosophical understanding has developed through broad work with qualitative data, there exists a paucity of empirical data of the understanding of what comprises compassionate care and what are the qualities of a compassionate physician in the ICU. 

The objectives are to understand what physicians consider as compassionate care, what are the background factors affecting this in the ICU and whether they consider certain actions as compassionate care or not.

The survey was developed by expert opinions of leaders in the field of social psychology, compassion and empathy, critical care and medical ethics.

Steering committee: S. Siddiqui (Harvard University, USA), C Hartog (Chair ESICM Ethics Section), A.Kleinman, Harvard University, USA), B. Lown (Harvard University, USA), M.Nurok (SCCM, Anesthesia Section), M.Cobas (SCCM, Anesthesia Section), B.Subramaniam (Harvard University, USA), R.Gillon (Imperial College, UK).


If you are an ICU physician, we are asking for your participation.

This survey is endorsed by the ESICM Ethics Section (ETH) and the ESICM Research Committee. It will take  a few minutes to complete.

Complete the survey here

Contact: Shahla Siddiqui MD, MSc, FCCM (Dept.of Anesthesia, Critical Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA)


This survey is endorsed by ESICM – the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and has been reviewed as a low and negligible risk project by the Ethics committee of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Australia (LNR/2020/QRBW/71880).

Complete the survey here

Download the protocol here

Contact:  Alexis Tabah, MD, PhD (Redcliffe ICU, MNHHS, Brisbane, Australia)

Ongoing surveys


This worldwide survey aims to describe  family visiting policies, facilities and support variations within and between the countries in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic

Questions include which type of ICU, if you currently manage COVID-19 patients and when was the (worse) peak of the pandemic for you. Demographic questions include the number of available beds, how much medical and clinical staff there is, before and during the pandemic.

The aims of this survey are to describe the organisation of information and visiting for relatives of ICU patients and the services available to support them in the current pandemic times.

Steering Committee: Alexis Tabah (PI), Jan de Waele, Kevin Laupland, Francois Barbier, Maurizio Cecconi, Marlies Ostermann, Laurą Galarza, Julie Benbenishty, Regis Goulart Rosa, Kirsten Fiest, Muhammed Elhadi, Andrea Cortegiani, Mariangela Pellegrini, Elie Azoulay, Guy Francois, Takeshi Unoki

Ongoing surveys

Point-of-Care Echocardiography  / POC-Echo

This survey will provide an inside about true prevalence of bedside echocardiography. Although critical care journal and social media are very vocal about echocardiography use, the truth might be that it is still not widely adopted. By providing information about prevalence and limitations our survey will give valuable information on how to shape the speciality and accreditation programme in the future.

We would expect that the prevalence of echocardiography use among European anaesthetist and intensivist to be far lower than it is currently portraited by journal publications and on social media. Probably, large discrepancies in experience and frequency of echocardiography use will be found depending on the local accessibility of echocardiography devices and the experience of participants. We aim to point out these limiting factors.

This survey is endorsed by ESICM.

Steering committee: Ib Jammer (Norway), Mateusz Zawadka (United Kingdom), Adrian Wong (United Kingdom), Anna Janiszewska (Poland)


If you are an ICU based European Intensivist or anaesthesiologist, or physician in training we are asking for your participation.

This survey is initiated by the ESICM Peri-Operative Intensive Care Section (POIC) and will take  a few minutes to complete.

Complete the survey here.

Contact: Ib Jammer MD, PhD (Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway)


This survey is endorsed by ESICM – the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the ESICM  Section of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition (MEN) also supports the distribution of this survey.

The Survey is administered on the Form Assembly platform.

Complete the survey here

Contact:  Annika Reintam Balser, MD, PhD (University of Tartu, Estonia)

Ongoing survey

AMI Survey – A  worldwide survey to assess the management of patients with mesenteric ischaemia & infarction

This survey is initiated by the ESPEN Acute Intestinal Failure Group

The European Society for Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism – ESPEN  is conducting a survey to assess the different approaches to the management of patients with mesenteric ischaemia and intestinal infarction. Patients with mesenteric ischaemia often have a significant delay until a diagnosis is made and some then present with a mesenteric infarction. There may be differences in the availability of appropriate investigations and treatments as well as differences in teaching and awareness in different settings. The aim of this survey is to assess the importance of some of these factors prior to conducting a more formal observational study.

The survey participation is voluntary.

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