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UpToDate -- Current clinical information




Health content found in UpToDate is provided by a faculty of 4,400 expert clinicians who function as authors, editors and peer reviewers for UpToDate. This resource covers over 8,500 topics in 17 medical specialties.

A unique resource for clinical information:

The idea behind UpToDate is relatively simple, but totally unique.

Every day, clinicians have questions about patient care. Patients have questions about their health as well. Why not recruit a faculty of experts to answer those questions, keep the information updated, and create a format that's easy to use? And why not also provide all of the necessary background information to understand why the recommendations are being made?

UpToDate does all that and much more. UpToDate is a worldwide clinical community that you can be part of and benefit from.

UpToDate is the largest clinical community in the world dedicated to synthesizing knowledge for clinicians and patients. Our community includes over 4,400 expert clinicians who function as authors, editors and peer reviewers and over 400,000 users who provide feedback and questions to our editorial group. Our role is to facilitate interaction among members of the healthcare community and to synthesize and disseminate information in order to help clinicians provide better care.

UpToDate answers your clinical questions. UpToDate is an electronic information resource available via the Web and mobile devices. With UpToDate, you can get specific, detailed answers to your clinical questions from the office, exam room or bedside. Over 80 million patient-related problems are researched each year with UpToDate. UpToDate is comprehensive and current, keeping you informed of the latest clinical findings.

UpToDate covers over 8,500 topics in 17 medical specialties and includes more than 97,000 pages of text, plus graphics, links to Medline abstracts, more than 385,000 references and a drug database. Our physician editors and authors review and update our content continuously. An updated version of UpToDate is released every four months. UpToDate provides treatment recommendations that help patients get the best possible care.

UpToDate includes treatment recommendations based on the best medical evidence. Recommendations are kept current as new studies are released, and those with important or immediate implications are identified in Practice Changing UpDates. In addition, we are now grading our recommendations, so you can assess their strength and the quality of the evidence more quickly. For more details, please see our editorial policy. UpToDate is written by physicians who are experts in their fields, so you have confidence in our recommendations.

Over 4,400 physician authors and editors, all experts in their respective fields, write topic reviews that cover all of the major aspects of a particular condition, including symptoms, tests and diagnosis, and treatment options. All topics are also subjected to rigorous peer review. UpToDate is evidence-based, providing information you can rely on.

UpToDate is evidence-based and uses a literature-driven updating system; more than 440 journals are monitored by editors and authors, and anytime something of importance is published, it is incorporated into the program. The key word here is "incorporated." UpToDate is not a journal watch. New studies are not simply added; rather they are placed in the context of what has already been published in that field. UpToDate is unbiased, providing information that is not influenced by commercial interests.

We believe it is crucial to maintain our editorial independence, so we do not accept money from pharmaceutical companies or other advertisers. UpToDate receives its financial support exclusively from subscriptions.

UpToDate places a priority on patient education. It's important that your patient handouts are both informative and easy to understand. As a result, UpToDate now offers two different types of patient topics — The Basics and Beyond the Basics — to help clinicians communicate important health information to their patients.