The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Social Media Team are delighted to announce the most-viewed posts published on the EAPC Blog in 2016.
It’s five years since the EAPC first dipped its toe into social media, starting with our online blog, a topical and vibrant online platform of opinion, debate and personal perspectives on palliative and hospice care in Europe and beyond.
Since then, we’ve published 605 posts – the average daily number of views last year was 216. We are honoured and delighted that our contributors and followers have come from every continent of the world, which just goes to show that the EAPC is truly a global community.
In 2016, we published 112 posts, which received almost 79,000 views in total. Posts covered the whole spectrum of topical palliative care issues, including advance care planning, clinical issues, bereavement, dementia, spiritual care, volunteering and meeting the needs of the LGBT community.
Our followers came from a total of 177 countries; 58 per cent came from Europe and the rest were from North America (20 per cent), Latin America and the Caribbean (6 per cent), Asia (6 per cent), Oceania (6 per cent), Africa (2 per cent) and the Middle East (2 per cent).
We’re delighted to announce below the winners of the Top Ten most-viewed posts in 2016. We hope that some of our old readers may want to re-read some of the ‘Golden Oldies’, and that new readers may now have the chance to catch some of last year’s most successful posts.
Top Ten posts for 2016 – just click on the link to read the full post
1. Opioid overdose death epidemic sensationalised at the cost of pain patients By Willem Scholten, PharmD MPA, Consultant – Medicines and Controlled Substances, the Netherlands.
2. The art of diagnosing dying – including the family’s perspective. By Dr Erna Haraldsdottir, Director of Education & Research/Senior Lecturer, St Columba’s Hospice / Queen Margaret University, Scotland, UK.
3. Spiritual care in palliative care: Lost case. By Sander de Hosson, pulmonary specialist at WZA (Wilhelmina Hospital Assen), The Netherlands.
4. Metamorphosis: The transformation process for palliative care professionals – or how to work in palliative care and not die trying. By Rafael Mota Vargas and Vinita Mahtani-Chugani, palliative care physicians from Spain.
5. Nicotine withdrawal: An under-recognised cause of terminal restlessness. By Dr Shamila Ginige, Medical Resident, Monash Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
6. Online learning in palliative care: A review. By Dr Sean Hughes, Dr Nancy Preston, Dr Sandra Varey and Prof Sheila Payne, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK.
7. Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT): An international approach to identifying patients for palliative care. By Dr Kirsty Boyd and Professor Scott Murray, SPICT project leaders, Scotland, UK.
8. End of Life Care for All e-learning (e-ELCA). By Professor Christina Faull, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, LOROS Hospice, Leicester UK, and APM National Clinical Lead for e-ELCA.
9. The impact of a new public health approach to end-of-life care.
By Dr Libby Sallnow, a clinician and doctoral researcher at St Joseph’s Hospice, London, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
10. Spirituality and spiritual care to hospice volunteers – a curriculum to assist trainers. By Margit Gratz and Traugott Roser, Germany.
Congratulations and thanks to the authors of the above posts, and to all those who have contributed to the EAPC Blog during the past five years. Thanks to your hard work, willingness and wonderful posts we have a blog to be proud of. We hope you’ll contribute again in the future!
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More about the EAPC Social Media team . . .
Dr Julie Ling, EAPC Chief Executive Officer, Dublin, Ireland.
Professor Lukas Radbruch, Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany, and member of EAPC Collective Member Association, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Palliativmedizin.
Irene Murphy, EAPC board member and Director of Bereavement and Family Support Services, Marymount University Hospice, Cork, Ireland.
Nicoleta Mitrea, Director of Education and National Development – Nursing, Hospice Casa Sperantei, Romania, and member of EAPC Collective Member Association, Asociatia Nationala de Ingrijire Paliativa (ANIP).
Professor Carlo Leget, EAPC board member and Professor of Ethics of Care and Spiritual Counselling Sciences at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Dr Mark Taubert, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Director Palliative Care for Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff, Wales, UK, and member of EAPC Collective Member Association, the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland (APM)
Lyn Silove, Palliative Care Resource Nurse, Hospitalisation at Home, Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France, and member of EAPC Collective Member Association, la Société Française d’Accompagnement et de Soins Palliatifs (SFAP).
Eduardo Garralda Domezain, Research Assistant, ATLANTES Programme, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra, Spain, and member of EAPC Collective Member Association, la Sociedad Española de Cuidados Paliativos (SECPAL)
Avril Jackson, Editor/Information Officer, EAPC, Brighton and Hove, UK.