The blog is part of the EAPC’s information strategy and wider social media activities programme that aims to provide a platform for different views and personal perspectives on palliative and hospice care in Europe and beyond – from moving stories to improved care. Like an online newsletter, the blog includes short contributions (or ‘posts’ as they are called) that focus on current palliative care activities. We publish just one post at a time, and we publish regularly, two or three times a week – ideal for busy people and to allow time for ongoing debate between each post. The blog is interlinked with the EAPC Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Who contributes to the EAPC blog?
Some ‘posts’ are commissioned by our social media team. This may be because we’d like a view or an opinion from an expert in a specific area of palliative care that we’d like to bring to your attention. But we also warmly welcome contributions from other individuals and organisations involved in the palliative care community and beyond. You may want to submit a post of your own, or simply to comment on someone else’s post, but whatever you choose to do you are welcome to join in. All we ask is that in order to encourage a lively and constructive discussion your comments should be fair and respectful of others.
What about editorial control?
An important feature of the blog is that it should reflect a diversity of personal views and opinions on today’s topical issues in palliative care. However, as a guiding principle we do insist that all content conforms to the mission and ethical standards that are upheld by the EAPC, and we therefore reserve the right to refuse any contribution that contravenes these principles. Our disclaimer and full terms and conditions are also available to view or download at www.eapcnet.wordpress.com
On occasion, we may also reject a contribution on the grounds that it may not be sufficiently topical or personal, or that it is overtly promoting a ‘product’, but we will always discuss this with you so that you can re-submit a revised version. As with any publication, we also reserve the right to modify posts for length and readability. We give some hints on preparing your post further down in these guidelines.
Please note that the EAPC accepts a post for publication on the understanding that it has not been published before, or is not due for publication elsewhere.
Where can I find the EAPC blog?
The blog is published on a WordPress site at http://www.eapcnet.wordpress.com where you can sign up to receive an email notification each time a post is published. The blog is fully integrated with the EAPC website and so you can also follow all the blog activity at Facebook and Twitter @ EAPC.Onlus
Who is the EAPC blog aimed at?
▪ EAPC individual members
▪ EAPC collective members
▪ Anyone involved, or interested, in palliative and hospice care worldwide.
Who manages the EAPC blog?
The blog and other social media activities are managed by the EAPC head office, in partnership with the University of Bonn and the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University. The team, led by Professor Lukas Radbruch, includes Professor Sheila Payne, Heidi Blumhuber, Amelia Giordano, Esther Schmidlin, Farina Hodiamont, Anthony Greenwood, Dr Katalin Hegedus and Avril Jackson.
Content for the EAPC blog
The strong focus on European perspectives of palliative care, balanced with worldwide contributions, enables readers to explore and share different cultures and different settings.
Some examples of content:
EAPC activities such as:
Task Forces and special projects – progress, resources, surveys;
Publications – new publication including white papers and work in progress, translations into other languages;
Posts related to selected articles published in the official journals of the EAPC, Palliative Medicine and the European Journal of Palliative Care;
EAPC board members – visions and passions…
Country news – updates from national palliative care associations about palliative care activity in their countries;
Individual or collective member participation in international events, groups, etc.
Congresses – calls for papers, updates and reviews of past congresses.
Global news – new developments and resources in advocacy, clinical work, models of care, education and training, research, policy. General opinion pieces about topical issues in palliative care.
Hints on preparing your ‘post’
1. Keep it short, simple and focused. Aim for 150 to 450 words maximum. To help you keep to the number of words, think about using a link to extra online information.
2. Link your comment to current activities – don’t just provide an overview.
3. Build up your story with the most important things first. Keep your sentences to a maximum of 30-35 words. Where appropriate, include a learning point or a key message.
4. Engage your readers. Make your text lively, use active words instead of the passive tense wherever possible, use ‘I’, ‘you and ‘we’. Ignite a debate by encouraging readers to comment and share their experiences. (A previous post resulted in a lively debate from readers in five continents).
5. Include a personal perspective in your post. Some of these examples may help. A short story about a patient, family or someone who inspired your work. What prompted you to write about this topic at this time? What made you do this particular research study? Why is this subject important to you? What have you learnt from it? How can you take it forward? A quote from someone that underlines how your work has made a difference can also help to personalise your text. You won’t have room for all of these suggestions but do try to bring the personal touch.
6. Avoid too much jargon or specialised language – remember that many of our readers do not have English as a first language.
7. Write out abbreviations in full, for example: ATOME (Access to opioids and medications in Europe).
8. Include a brief byline: your name, job title and where you work.
9. Verify any references cited in the text.
10. Provide a JPEG image to accompany your post, eg yourself, members of your team, the cover of a publication, your place of work, an illustration, a cartoon etc. If the photo includes patients and families please provide written confirmation that their permission has been granted and that they are aware of where the image will be used, ie in the blog. Provide a caption to the photo if you wish, or relevant information so that the editor can do so.
11. Make your post more interactive by including links to other media, eg a relevant film clip on YouTube, links to resources and websites.
12. Think of a snappy title. But if you can’t don’t worry as we’ll try to help.
Please also read our notes on ‘Editorial control’ above.
Please send in your post to the editor at the address below. You are welcome to contact me, or other members of our editorial group, if you would like to discuss potential ideas before submitting your contribution. And if English is not your first language please don’t worry because we are here to help you.
The editor reserves the right to modify the length of the article and to make any necessary changes to grammar to conform to accepted style guidelines, but any major alterations will be confirmed with you.
After initial editing, and you have confirmed that you agree to any changes, I will send your post for final review to the editorial group. Occasionally we may ask you to make further revisions to your post. Once your post has been accepted we will publish it as soon as possible. Priority is given to time-sensitive posts, otherwise we publish on a first-come first-served basis throughout the year.
Please note that all posts will be considered to be the personal opinion of the writer, and not to be the official EAPC position, unless otherwise stated.
Thank you for your interest in contributing to our blog. We look forward to hearing from you.
Information Officer/Blog Editor
EAPC Onlus Social Media Activities
30 April 2012. Revised 8 March 2013.
Contributors’ Guidelines can be downloaded at http://www.eapcnet.wordpress.com
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