I was curious to see which were the top 5 posts, traffic-wise, and figured readers might be interested, too. Here’s the line-up:
#1: Open knowledge saves lives. Oppose H.R. 3699! by Gilles Frydman
The e-patients.net post with the highest number of views is a clear call to action in favor of open access to research. I just searched the Library of Congress’s Thomas site and the bill appears to still be in committee. If anyone has information about its status, please comment below.
An epic comment that we elevated to a post — well worth the read, even for the second time. I was thrilled to meet Katie in person at the Medicine X conference in September. She is an inspiration to many, including me.
#3: What’s the future for self-tracking? by me
I used this post and the conversation it generated to hone research ideas for a survey that Pew Internet fielded in August and September (the results of which I previewed in a couple of speeches in the fall). It was one of the many examples this year of an e-patients.net comment thread that far outpaced the original post in insight.
Another popular post from last January (#1 was also posted 12 months ago), this time an excellent case study combined with concrete advice about avoiding medical errors. Note that the post garnered just 4 comments, but thousands of views.
#5: Health Care Hackers, by me
I had tears in my eyes as I wrote this post and was deeply moved again by the conversation it sparked in the comments. I’m humbled to recall what I’ve learned this year from e-patients.