• How-To: Searching UpToDate

    by Alan Batt. Last modified: 31/01/14


    What is UpToDate?

    UpToDate is an evidence-based medical search engine, containing broad coverage of adult primary care, subspecialty internal medicine, ob/gyn, general surgery and pediatrics. It ontains the equivalent of over 77,000 pages of original, peer-reviewed text. It is written, reviewed and continuously updated by over 5,100 physicians to ensure that the content remains current. This expert faculty synthesizes all relevant information, including the latest evidence, and provides specific, practical recommendations for diagnosis and treatment.

    UpToDate can be found here: http://www.uptodate.com or accessed through your institution/library login.


    To search UpToDate type a word or phrase into the query box (e.g., a subject). As you type, search phrases will appear -you can then select one of these, or continue typing. Then click on the search button or press the Enter key.


    Basic Search

    Video courtesy UpToDate Vimeo Channel.

    Printing, E-mailing & Downloading Results

    To print a topic, click Print in the topic tools area at the upper right.

    The system displays a version of the topic that is formatted for printing, along with the Print Options box, which allows you to select the topic components that you want to print: text, references, graphics, or any combination thereof. By default, the print-formatted view includes all components. You can deselect any components that you do not want to print. You can then use your browser’s print facility to print the selected components.

    Further UpToDate Tutorials & Help



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    Alan Batt

    Alan Batt

    Paramedic, educator, researcher
    Alan is a critical care paramedic, paramedic educator and prehospital researcher, currently working around the world as an educator and researcher. He has previously worked and studied across Europe, North America and the Middle East. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies, and an MSc in Critical Care. His main interests are in care of the elderly, end-of-life care, patient safety, professionalism (including role and identity), and paramedic education.

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