Dr Julia Riley, Editor, European Journal of Palliative Care; Clinical Lead, Coordinate My Care; Palliative Care Consultant, Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton Palliative Care Service, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. Dr Riley continues our special series of blog posts to celebrate the past 25 years of the European Association for Palliative Care
In 2013, the European Journal of Palliative Care (EJPC) celebrates 20 years in print – while the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) marks its 25th anniversary. This is a time to celebrate our close relationship with the EAPC, the bonds the journal has created, the learning it has engendered and the innovations it has inspired. This is also a time to thank our mentors, many of whom have also played a significant role in developing palliative care policy and practice across the world.
In 1994, in line with the goals pursued at the time by the EAPC, the EJPC was established as a review-based journal to provide practical information to all professionals engaged in the specialty across Europe. Over the years, it has grown to reach an even wider audience, including Asia and Africa. It has matured into a teaching tool for pain and symptom control as well as a space for exploring spiritual issues and ethical questions. Recently, it has ventured into the exploration of information technology and dared to join the debate around assisted suicide, with a series examining this ‘hot topic’ across Europe. I hope you will agree with me that we are reflecting the many angles of the debate. The EJPC is moving with the times to reflect and report analytically on the evidence base of both positive and negative research. It continues to help people broaden their skills and knowledge base in palliative and end-of-life care.
I became acquainted with the EJPC right from the beginning, when I co-authored a paper with Marie Fallon in the very first issue. It is a pleasure now to be much more deeply involved, as its Editor, with both the journal itself and the way it supports the endeavours of the EAPC to impact on palliative care policy and practice.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the EAPC, the latest issue of the EJPC features an editorial comment by Sheila Payne and an article about palliative care social work pioneer Frances Sheldon. To celebrate 20 years of the EJPC in print, the latest issue also contains a supplement drawing on its rich archive, in which we are re-publishing seminal articles selected by former Editor Andrew Hoy and the two current EJPC Deputy Editors, Philip Larkin and Carol Davis. Reading these landmark papers is an opportunity to look back at 20 years of tackling palliative care’s great challenges, and reflect on how we can continue to do so.