Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How doctors use UpToDate

How doctors make use of online, point-of-care clinical decision support systems: a case study of UpToDate©. Addison J, Whitcombe J, William Glover S.  Health Info Libr J. 2013 Mar;30(1):13-22. doi: 10.1111/hir.12002.  PMID: 23413790    RCSI Users Link

This recent study conducted in the UK NHS discovered doctors use UpToDate at the point of care to:

  • To find information about new treatments
  • To make correct treatment decisions
  • To reduce delays in starting treatment
  • To avoid unnecessary diagnostic tests
  • To reach a final diagnosis faster
  • To reassure the clinician that the intended action is appropriate
  • As a reference tool
  • To give immediate feedback to patients
  • To avoid unnecessary consulting of senior colleagues
  • To deliver cost-saving benefits


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