Monday, January 15, 2018

Top 10 Pallimed Posts of 2017

by Christian Sinclair (@ctsinclair)

Looking back at 2017, we didn't publish a ton of posts (only 50!*), but we had some that clearly resonated with people and continue to be popular since we keep seeing them show up on social media. Working closely with her, I already knew the great qualities Lizzy Miles brings to Pallimed as a writer and an editor, but looking at the top 10, her experience as a hospice social worker has led to a knack for insightful and practical posts. Her posts also seem to be meaningful to clinicians in multiple settings in addition to patients and families. So here are the top 10 posts of 2017 based on page views:

#10 - Extremis Documentary Falls Short at Oscars, Wins Over Palliative Care by Christian Sinclair

#9 - 14 Ways Hospice Patients Have Said They're Ready to Die by Lizzy Miles

#8 - LGBTQ at the End-of-Life: Needs and Challenges by Vivian Lam

#7 - Lorazepam, Haloperidol and Delirium by Drew Rosielle

#6 - "Going Palliative is Not a Thing by Staci Mandrola

#5 - Facing the Abyss: Planning for Death by Kevin Dieter

#4 - The Emotions of Dying by Lizzy Miles

#3 - Changing Treatment Options in Delirium - No More Antipsychotics? by Drew Rosielle

#2 - Defining Dignity at End of Life: One Question to Ask Hospice Patients by Lizzy Miles

#1 - The Dying Don't Need Your Permission to Let Go by Lizzy Miles

Two important notes of appreciation. One for Lizzy Miles and Vivian Lam who were the key editors in 2017 to help get posts ready for publication. And a big thank you to the 23 writers who contributed to Pallimed in 2017- Lizzy Miles, Drew Rosielle, Kevin Dieter, Vickie Leff, Vivian Lam, Erica Frechman, Paul Moon, Lori Ruder, Arif Kamal, Megan Mooney, Ishwaria Subbiah, Lyle Fettig, Amanda Hinrichs, April Krutka, Jennifer Wilhoit, Paul Carr, Staci MandrolaAbagail Latimer, Karen Kaplan, Shayna Rich, Meredith MacMartin, Renee Berry and Rick Strang.  Without you, this site would have a much less diverse voice.

If you want to be part of the team in 2018, we are always looking for palliative care and hospice clinicians and advocates who have a passion for the field. We have all sorts of needs and would love to add you to our current team of 17 volunteers. Check out this post to learn more.

Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM is the Editor-In-Chief for Pallimed and a palliative care physician at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. You can find him on Twitter (@ctsinclair).

*for comparison, Pallimed published 297 posts in 2009 (includes the Arts and Cases blogs)!

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