Our respondents overwhelmingly appreciated the clinical insights that Caring offers its readers. As an editorial team, we strive to cover clinical content that’s important to post-acute and long-term care professionals at any given moment. We look for trends, consider new research, and take suggestions from our Editorial Advisory Board and members of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
The respondents told us they also appreciate our columns covering legal issues, ethics, behavioral and mental health, policy, regulatory updates, and medication/pharmacy. We learned that our readers value our focus on current or special issues in PALTC. In 2022, these included workforce challenges, trauma-informed care, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2023, we will have special sections on pain, sexual expression, and diabetes and the interdisciplinary team. Many of the ideas for special sections come from Society members, who continue to inspire our work.
We are also thrilled to see that many of our readers appreciate the essays from regular columns, such as Caring Collaborative, Dear Dr. Steve, On My Mind, and Meditations on Geriatric Medicine, to name a few.
In terms of consumption, nearly half our readership consumes Caring
in print, 20% online, and 30% in both print and online. Among the reasons for preferring print was the pleasure of reading a print copy over breakfast or in order to take a break from the computer screen. Those who preferred online cited the importance of saving paper and not feeling wasteful — which is indeed one of the concerns behind our recent decision to make JAMDA
an electronic-only publication. Although print copies are only sent to Society members, Caring
remains free to read online for all readers. We encourage non-members to sign up for our electronic table of contents alerts for each issue at www.caringfortheages.com
Almost all our respondents reported that they read Caring for their own education or pleasure, which truly makes us smile! We’re also thrilled to see that many of you share our articles with colleagues, residents, and families, and suggest changes in your communities based on what you’ve read. We encourage our readers to share Caring with their workplaces, including nursing staff, administrators, and other members of the interdisciplinary team.
Although much of our readership — like the Society’s membership — is composed of geriatricians or medical directors, we’re happy to see many members of the interdisciplinary team providing their feedback as well. We hope to continue to grow our interdisciplinary readership in the year ahead!
We Want to Hear From You
When we asked you where we could improve, many of our readers expressed that they were happy with Caring’s direction — and some had great ideas for improvement. We’ve taken all these into account, including suggestions for including evolving post-acute care issues and clinician spotlights.
One reader also asked us to highlight ways to become a guest writer — let’s just say, we are always looking for new writers! If you’re interested in writing for Caring
, please do not hesitate to pitch us an idea or send a draft. We take submissions throughout the year. Interested writers can find information on our website at www.caringfortheages.com/callforstories
. If you have any questions or further ideas, including clinical topics you would like us to cover, please contact our managing editor, Tess Bird, at [email protected]