Medical Librarians Value UpToDate

Medical librarians play a critical leadership role in ensuring that the clinicians in their institution have access to the most current medical literature and best available evidence. UpToDate goes well beyond compiling a list of evidence; we synthesize the latest research with the full body of existing information and make recommendations about how the evidence should be applied at the point of care.


UpToDate is updated daily following a continual comprehensive review of peer-reviewed journals, clinical databases and other resources (see the Evidence section for a detailed list). Topics in UpToDate are revised whenever important new information is published, not according to any specific time schedule. Updates are integrated carefully, with specific statements as to how the new findings should be applied clinically, and after extensive peer review.

The Bottom Line: UpToDate® Provides Value

The most trusted and widely used clinical decision support resource in the world, UpToDate has become an essential part of the everyday practice of medicine and is the only evidence-based clinical decision support resource associated with improved outcomes.

Our assembly of leading physician authors, our rigorous editorial process, and the breadth and depth of topics place UpToDate in a singular position among clinical decision support solutions. 

Clinicians Ranked UpToDate as the Most-Used Clinical Decision Support Resource in JMLA Study

A recent study, “The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study,” published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), asked more than 16,000 clinicians to report on a recent incident in which they had sought information for patient care.

Findings: Survey respondents were asked to report on a recent incident in which they had sought information for patient care. The study found:

  • UpToDate was the most used CDS tool by physicians and residents, used significantly more than any other CDS tool. Use of UpToDate followed closely behind only research studies.

(J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 January; 101(1): 38–46.)