Among the most important challenges in producing a medical newspaper, especially one aimed at a select audience (e.g., nephrologists and urologists), is deciding what studies or topics on which to report from the various conferences we attend and peer-reviewed journals we scan regularly.
Renal & Urology News has conducted reader print surveys from time to time to get an idea of what published articles nephrologists and urologists found important or relevant, and to ask what topics they think should receive greater coverage. While these surveys have been helpful, as a practical matter, we can only ask about a very limited number of the hundreds of articles we publish each year.
Our website has changed that. It has given us an expedient way to get feedback on all the articles we publish. We simply tally up the number of clicks each article gets. It is November 20 as I write this, and as the end of 2014 nears, I became curious as to which articles garnered the most reader interest over the previous 11 months.
Consequently, I asked my web editor to provide me with the top 5 articles in nephrology and urology (based on the number of clicks they received) thus far in 2014. Here are the headlines of the top 5 articles in each specialty, in descending order of popularity:
- FDA Clears Lab Test for Predicting Acute Kidney Injury
- The Challenge of Dialysis at the End of Life
- Contrast-Induced Nephropathy Risk Minimal
- Kidney Donors Face Higher ESRD Risk
- Hemodialysis Fistulas May Cause Adverse Cardiac Effects
- AUA Kidney Stone Guidelines Unveiled
- Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Used Improperly
- Optimal PSA Threshold for Targeted Biopsy Identified
- Omega-3s and Prostate Cancer: What to Advise Patients
- Novel Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Shows Efficacy
Based on the headlines, do you find these topics compelling? Are we on the right track regarding what we cover? Feel free to send me an e-mail with your thoughts and suggestions. When you read this, it will likely be mid-December and the holiday season is in full swing. We here at Renal & Urology News would like to wish you all the best.