UpToDate® is an evidence based, peer reviewed medical information resource published by a medical company called UpToDate, Inc. It is available both via the
Internetand offlineon personal computers or a PDA. An update is published every four months.
The material is written by over 3600 clinicians and has over 7300 topics. It also includes a drug database and a list of medical calculators. Research shows that UpToDate is a frequently used tool preferred by physicians and students over several alternatives.cite journal |author=Campbell R, Ash J |title=An evaluation of five bedside information products using a user-centered, task-oriented approach |journal=J Med Libr Assoc |volume=94 |issue=4 |pages=435–41, e206–7 |year=2006 |month=October |pmid=17082836 |doi= |url=] cite journal |author=Ely JW, Osheroff JA, Chambliss ML, Ebell MH, Rosenbaum ME |title=Answering physicians' clinical questions: obstacles and potential solutions |journal=J Am Med Inform Assoc |volume=12 |issue=2 |pages=217–24 |year=2005 |pmid=15561792 |doi=10.1197/jamia.M1608 |url=http://www.jamia.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=15561792] cite journal |author=Leff B, Harper GM |title=The reading habits of medicine clerks at one medical school: frequency, usefulness, and difficulties |journal=Acad Med |volume=81 |issue=5 |pages=489–94 |year=2006 |month=May |pmid=16639211 |doi=10.1097/01.ACM.0000222273.90705.a6 |url=http://meta.wkhealth.com/pt/pt-core/template-journal/lwwgateway/media/landingpage.htm?an=00001888-200605000-00016] cite journal |author=Lai CJ, Aagaard E, Brandenburg S, Nadkarni M, Wei HG, Baron R |title=Brief report: Multiprogram evaluation of reading habits of primary care internal medicine residents on ambulatory rotations |journal=J Gen Intern Med |volume=21 |issue=5 |pages=486–9 |year=2006 |month=May |pmid=16704393 |doi=10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00432.x |url=http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0884-8734&date=2006&volume=21&issue=5&spage=486] It also has information for patients.
The service is not free of charge: for example, in 2008 a new online subscription for 1 year costed $495, $195 for trainees. Renewals and longer subscriptions are cheaper. For institutional or group practices, prices may vary. An offline version for personal computers costed $1495 per year (all prices exclude shipping and handling).
UpToDate is recommended by the
American Academy of Family Physiciansand an official educational program of or offered in cooperation with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Rheumatology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Thoracic Society, Society of General Internal Medicineand The Endocrine Society. It offers credits for continuing medical educationfor physicians and nurse practitioners.
The website was launched in 1992 by Dr. Burton D. Rose along with Dr. Joseph Rush.
References and footnotes
* [http://www.uptodate.com/home/about/index.html UpToDate] - About UpToDate Inc.
* [http://www.uptodate.com/ UpToDate website]
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