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GeriPal Hits 2 Million Pageviews


The Places Where GeriPal is Read

Last week GeriPal hit 2 million pageviews.  We celebrated quietly when the counter showed a whole line of 0's, but I thought it would be worth creating a list of the top 25 most read posts to commemorate the occasion.  Enjoy!
  1. The Dangers of Fleet Enemas
  2. Length of Stay in Nursing Homes at the End of Life
  3. End Stage Dementia: A Terminal Disease Needing Palliative Care 
  4. What to give Uncle Ernie, Grandma Mabel and Great Aunt Rose? 
  5. Dying without Dialysis 
  6. Beers Criteria Contest: Submit the Craziest Medication Combinations 
  7. When Surrogates Override the DNR: A Terrific Geriatrics and Palliative Care Teaching Video 
  8. MMSE and Copyrights Part II: Is the MMSE Derivative of Some Other Work? 
  9. Atul Gawande New Yorker Article "Letting Go" 
  10. Coffee Is Bad For You. Coffee is Good For You. Why Am I So Confused? 
  11. Survival from severe sepsis: The infection is cured but all is not well 
  12. Why is Forest Laboratories discontinuing Namenda? 
  13. TAVR: Life-prolonging and palliative or risky and costly?
  14. A New Treatment For Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly?: The (IR)relevance of Clincial Resarch to Geriatric Populations 
  15. Death of the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner: Part 1 of 2 
  16. Loneliness 
  17. Watchful Waiting or Surgery for Prostate Cancer? 
  18. “Elders?” “Older Adults?” “Seniors?” Language Matters 
  19. A Call for Hospice Reform: Nurse Practitioners Lead the Way 
  20. A Study of Dignity Therapy on Distress and the End-of-Life Experience 
  21. 3 Issues of Hospice 
  22. How do you explain hospice? 
  23. Being Accused of Murder 
  24. Inappropriate Medications in the Hospice Setting
  25. Copyrights and Copylefts in Medicine: The Case of the Wayward MMSE

by: Eric Widera (@ewidera)


Comments

Congratulations on 2 million views! Eric and Alex, you have done a fantastic job of getting really interesting topics out to a wide audience. Honestly looking back at those top 25 posts is a testament to the good medical journalism you have done.

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