Lobsters, spiritual care, COPD and a quiet English village – what’s the link with palliative care?

Well, the clue could lie in the diverse content that we publish on the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) blog and, in particular, in the second half of last year. Here, the EAPC social media team salute our fantastic contributors by announcing the Top Ten most-viewed posts for the second half of 2019.

2019 winning contributors: Top row left to right:
Rod MacLeod, Peter Morgan-Jones, Avril Jackson, Julie Ling, Anne Letsch, Claudia Sütfeld.
2nd row: Fabiana Bolela de Souza, Sheila Payne, Miriam Johnson, David Currow.
3rd row: Imogen White, Elysée Nouvet, Lukas Radbruch, Marie-José Gijsberts.

Earlier this year, we announced the winners of the Top Ten most-viewed posts for the first half of 2019. Now, because views are cumulative throughout the year, we are very pleased to publish the results of the Top Ten most-viewed posts for the second half of 2019.

Who are the contributors behind these popular posts, and what did they write about?  We’re delighted to present the contributors of the posts that our readers liked most from July to December 2019.

Just click on the titles to read their posts.

European Journal of Palliative Care (EJPC): Free access to the complete archive for all Dr Julie Ling, Ireland, and Avril Jackson, UK.

A free online course to improve palliative care in care homes for older people: Registration for next course opens today. Professor Sheila Payne, UK.

Good news for chronic breathlessness from Down UnderProfessor David Currow, Australia, and Professor Miriam Johnson, UK.

New images of palliative care: Winning photos from Berlin. Dr Anne Letsch and Claudia Sütfeld, Germany.

Killing me softlyProfessor Lukas Radbruch, Germany.

Palliative care as a basic healthcare right: A new consensus within the humanitarian communityDr Elysée Nouvet, Canada, and Sphere Organization.

Lobster for Josino: Fabulous food for our final days Peter Morgan-Jones and Professor Rod MacLeod, Australia.

Spiritual care in palliative care in Europe: Accomplishments and challenges in diversityDr Marie-José Gijsberts, Belgium.

Developing palliative care nursing in Brazil: Prof Sheila Payne interviews Prof Fabiana Bolela de Souza  Professor Fabiana Bolela de Souza, Brazil.

New death café in Hertfordshire village: What did we talk about? Imogen White, UK.

We debated whether we should disqualify the two posts from Lukas (Killing me softly) and Julie and Avril (EJPC:Free access to the complete archive for all) on the grounds of ‘(EAPC) Family Hold Back’ – as we’re all members of the social media team. But then the value of sharing important information overruled our modesty and scruples! (In fact, if you want to dive into 24 years of global palliative care history we’d encourage you to look at this blog post and access the complete archive of European Journal of Palliative Care articles – free of charge!)

Thank you for playing a part in the EAPC blog

Our thanks to everyone who helped to bring alive the stories and the research that made up the 110 blog posts we published in 2019: our contributors and our social media team/editorial board who ensure that every post is rigorously reviewed to ensure the best-possible content. And we thank our readers for your loyalty over the past eight years. We’re proud that in 2019 our readers came from 187 countries (including overseas protectorates) – strong evidence that the EAPC has a truly global reach.

Why not contribute to the EAPC blog, or share your views?

The EAPC blog is a great place to share your work and for readers to catch up on topical issues and personal reflections from practitioners, researchers, academics and others involved in palliative and end-of-life care. If you’d like to share your story, please read our contributor’s guidelines or email the editor. Your comments and suggestions are also welcomed – tell us what you’d like to see on the blog and we’ll listen and do our best to respond.

If you wish to contribute, we promise you a supportive and friendly reviewing service and language support if you need it.

Here’s what one of our contributors said about her experience in writing for the blog … and her post is one of the Top Ten for 2019!

“I enjoyed the challenge of writing the blog as (although I’m used to writing) the style required, audience and subject matter were all unfamiliar. The EAPC guidance was reassuring and helpful throughout. I’m delighted to have helped in a small way to spread the word about the benefits of death cafés.” 


  • Join palliative care specialists across the world who are following the EAPC blog – sign up here. Search by month or category for our huge archive of posts going back to 2012.
  • Read more about the EAPC editorial board/social media team here.
  • View the annual reports on EAPC social media activity here.


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