The Quantitative Practical Use-Driven Learning Survey in Epilepsy (Q-PULSE) was established in 2012 by AES as a mechanism for quickly polling a panel of leaders in epilepsy care for their expert opinion on difficult or controversial questions for which high quality evidence or scientific data are lacking. The Q-PULSE panel consists of approximately 170 epileptologists selected from epilepsy centers belonging to the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) and representing a broad cross-section of centers across the United States.
Q-PULSE is an attempt to take the “pulse” of epileptologists at any given time. It will NOT replace evidence; it is not designed to be a practice parameter nor represent “the truth”. Results of Q-PULSE surveys may provide information useful for 1) arriving at a working consensus, 2) identifying areas of controversy, or 3) identifying areas that need further research or education.
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Prior Q-PULSE topics and commentaries
Aggregate results from Q-PULSE surveys are often reported in Epilepsy Currents, and some have been discussed in short video interviews.
- Jacqueline A. French (2013) Taking the “Pulse” of Our Society with Q-PULSE. Epilepsy Currents: November/December 2013, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 304-304.
- Chad Carlson (2013) The Changing Face of Epileptology? Results of the Initial Q-PULSE Survey. Epilepsy Currents: November/December 2013, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 305-307.
- Michael Privitera, Timothy Welty, Barry Gidal, Chad Carlson, John Pollard, and Michel Berg (2014) How Do Clinicians Adjust Lamotrigine Doses and Use Lamotrigine Blood Levels?—A Q-PULSE Survey. Epilepsy Currents: July/August, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 218-223.
- Chad Carlson (2014) CBD and marijuana: Q-PULSE Survey. Epilepsy Currents: September/October, Vol. 14, No. 5, pp. 291-296.
- Chad Carlson (2014) Stay, Hit, or Fold? What Do You Do If the Treatment May Be as Bad as the Problem—Results of a Q-PULSE Survey. Epilepsy Currents: November/December, Vol. 14, No. 6, pp. 358-360.
- Also see Video Discussion
- Jerzy P. Szaflarski (2015) Is There Equipoise Between Phenytoin and Levetiracetam for Seizure Prevention in Traumatic Brain Injury? Epilepsy Currents: March/April, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 94-97.
- Also see Video Discussion
- Mark Quigg (2015) Taking Sides: Physician's Perceptions on the Use of the Wada Test in Epilepsy Surgery—Q-PULSE Survey Commentary. Epilepsy Currents: July/August, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 225-225.
- Scott Mintzer (2015) Driven to Tears: Epilepsy Specialists and the Automobile. Epilepsy Currents: September/October, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 279-282.
- Barbara A. Dworetzky (2015) What Are We Communicating When We Present the Diagnosis of PNES? Epilepsy Currents: November/December, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 353-357.
- Lindsay Ferraro, John R. Pollard, and Ingo Helbig (2016) Attitudes Toward Epilepsy Genetics Testing Among Adult and Pediatric Epileptologists—Results of a Q-PULSE Survey. Epilepsy Currents: January/February, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 46-47.
Q-PULSE survey data represent the aggregate responses of a panel of epileptologists to questions to gather their opinions and/or approaches to issues in clinical epilepsy care. These data are not derived from a clinical trial or scientific study. Q-PULSE survey results are not intended to establish a community standard of care, replace a clinician’s medical judgment, or establish a protocol for all patients.