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UpToDate is an evidence based, peer reviewed medical information resource published by a medical company called UpToDate, Inc. It is available both via the Internet and offline on 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.[1][2][3][4] It also has information for patients.

The website was launched in 1992 by Dr. Burton D. Rose along with Dr. Joseph Rush.



The website has different types of resources available. Including:

  • Medical information.
  • Free patient information.[5]
  • A drug information database by Lexi-Comp.
  • Drug interactions by Lexi-Comp.
  • Medical calculators.


Many of the services require a subscription: for example, in 2008 a new online subscription for 1 year costs $495, $195 for trainees. Renewals and longer subscriptions are less expensive. For institutional or group practices, prices vary. An offline version for personal computers costs $1495 per year (all prices exclude shipping and handling).


UpToDate is recommended by the American Academy of Family Physicians and 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 Medicine and The Endocrine Society. It offers credits for continuing medical education for physicians and nurse practitioners.

References and footnotes

  1. ^ Campbell R, Ash J (October 2006). "An evaluation of five bedside information products using a user-centered, task-oriented approach". J Med Libr Assoc 94 (4): 435–41, e206–7. PMID 17082836.  
  2. ^ Ely JW, Osheroff JA, Chambliss ML, Ebell MH, Rosenbaum ME (2005). "Answering physicians' clinical questions: obstacles and potential solutions". J Am Med Inform Assoc 12 (2): 217–24. doi:10.1197/jamia.M1608. PMID 15561792.  
  3. ^ Leff B, Harper GM (May 2006). "The reading habits of medicine clerks at one medical school: frequency, usefulness, and difficulties". Acad Med 81 (5): 489–94. doi:10.1097/01.ACM.0000222273.90705.a6. PMID 16639211.  
  4. ^ Lai CJ, Aagaard E, Brandenburg S, Nadkarni M, Wei HG, Baron R (May 2006). "Brief report: Multiprogram evaluation of reading habits of primary care internal medicine residents on ambulatory rotations". J Gen Intern Med 21 (5): 486–9. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00432.x. PMID 16704393.  
  5. ^ "Contents: Patient Information".  

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