From Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe – what people liked most on the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) blog in 2018

Followers of the EAPC blog have wide-ranging interests and (in 2018) came from 168 countries – 86 per cent of the world’s countries. And that’s official because we’ve just checked our viewing statistics for last year to identify the ‘Top Ten Most-viewed Posts’ on our blog in the first half of 2018. The EAPC Social Media Team are delighted to announce the winners …

Contributors to the top three posts: Clockwise, Fran McInerney, Jacinta Kelly, Dympna O’Connell, and Lea Jabbarian.

Now in its seventh year, the EAPC blog has become a go-to place for information among palliative care professionals, researchers and academic staff in Europe and beyond. Looking back on the past year to see the diversity of posts published, and how far we’ve reached geographically, is a source of pride for us. But, more importantly, it highlights the huge amount of effort of the people who conjure up these wonderful posts – our contributors. So it’s with great pleasure that we announce below the contributors of the Top Ten Most-viewed Posts for the first half of 2018.

Viewing statistics are cumulative throughout the year; thus, to ensure that posts published in the last part of the year are not unfairly disadvantaged, we will publish the Top Ten most-viewed posts from July to December 2018 later this year.

Top Ten Most-viewed Posts for the first half of 2018 – just click on the title to read the full post

1. Dementia and Palliative Care – A Good Fit?, Prof Fran McInerney, Australia, 26 March 2018.

2. Dementia, what is the role of the Specialist Palliative Care Service? Ms Jacinta Kelly and Ms Dympna O’Connell, Ireland, 21 March 2018.

3. Advance care planning for patients with chronic respiratory diseases, Ms Lea Jabbarian, The Netherlands, Action Consortium, 23 April 2018. 

4. The world’s first full-scale occupational therapy trial in people with advanced cancer, Mr Marc Sampedro Pilegaard, Denmark. Palliative Medicine Editor’s Choice, 5 April 2018.

5. So Palliative Care Works: What Now? Achieving the routine integration of palliative care in clinical practice – an interview with Anna Collins, winner of the 2018 EAPC Early Researcher Award, Ms Anna Collins, Australia, 25 May 2018.

6.    Trauma, dying and somatic experiencing, Dr Louis Heyse Moore, UK, 12 February 2018.

7.   New videos for clinicians, teachers, researchers and patients to show how early palliative care might work for people with all illnesses, Prof Scott Murray (Scotland) and Dr Sébastien Moine (France), EAPC Primary Care Task Force, 26 February 2018.

8.   What are the main challenges facing palliative/end-of-life care today in relation to Japan’s ageing society, Dr Mariko Masujima and Mr Zaiya Takahashi, Japan, 31 January 2018.

Winning contributors. Clockwise, Zaiya Takahashi, Mariko Masujima, Mario Lopez Saca, Ancu Feng Escobar and Thomas LeBlanc.

9.    Integrating palliative care aside curative treatment in hemato-oncological diseases  – An interview with Dr Thomas W LeBlanc, winner of the 2018 EAPC Clinical Impact Award, Dr Thomas LeBlanc, USA, 24 May 2018.

10. Symptomatic hyponatraemia in home-based palliative patients treated with subcutaneous infusionsDr Ancu Feng Escobar and Dr Mario Lopez Saca, El Salvador, 28 May 2018.

More winning contributors: Clockwise, Marc Sampedro Polegaard, Sébastien Moine, Scott Murray, Louis Heyse-Moore and Anna Collins.

Our contributors

The winners listed above are fairly typical of our contributors – a mix of people involved in EAPC-related activities and others from across the world who generously share their new initiatives, personal perspectives and research.

Our followers – and why it’s good to share

We’re proud that people from 168 countries followed the blog in 2018 – from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe – proof that the EAPC really does have an impact that goes far beyond Europe. Over the past year we have watched a big increase in the number of followers from North America with the final results for 2018 showing: North America 40 per cent; Europe 39 per cent; Asia ten per cent; Latin America and the Caribbean five per cent; Oceania 4 per cent and Africa one per cent. Of course, viewing statistics can fluctuate for various reasons, especially how many times you share it, so please don’t keep a good post to yourself – share it with your co-workers – and friends and family too.

One thing’s certain –we can promise our contributors a truly international audience. Here’s what one of our contributors said:

It was great to see the interest [my post] generated. I had emails from people all over the world. Amazing the interest that’s out there in this topic.”

Congratulations to the 2018 winners and many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the blog. Whether you’re writing, reading, liking or sharing, you all play a big part in helping the EAPC to disseminate high-quality information and research and to play a part in the global hospice and palliative care community.

We really want, and value, your involvement – if you’d like to contribute in any way please follow the links below.  And do look out in July for the announcement of the winners of the Top Ten Most-viewed Posts for the second half of 2018.


Find out more about the social media team here, and please visit the EAPC website for information on all EAPC activities and how to become a member. 


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