For your patients, every decision counts

When you care for patients, you make decisions based on your clinical assessment, your clinical experience and knowledge, and the best evidence and guidelines. Every piece of information you consider has an impact. That’s why you need evidence-based clinical guidance and answers you can trust at the point of care.

At UpToDate, more than 7,400 authors and editors apply their deep domain expertise to critically evaluate the literature and produce original content that culminates with clear guidance for evaluation and recommendations for treatment and screening.

Each addition or update to our content is synthesized and reviewed by at least three expert contributors before it’s considered ready for publishing. With UpToDate by your side, you can feel confident and make the best care decisions possible.

More than a summary of the evidence, our comprehensive content is designed to be accessible and actionable to help you answer common or complex and challenging clinical questions.

Our rigorous editorial process is a key reason why UpToDate is the world’s most trusted clinical decision support reference. Our process isn’t just a goal or theoretical plan; it’s a commitment that is consistently followed — without compromise.

Every day, our team of clinician authors, editors, and peer reviewers collaborate to produce evidence-based content and recommendations in a succinct, searchable format that can be quickly and easily accessed at the point of care.

Each topic has an expert physician author and at least two physician reviewers in the specialty. This group performs a comprehensive review of the literature and agree on clear recommendations for treatment and screening in order to help clinicians make the best care decisions possible.

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A unique editorial process and the importance of getting it right
Denise Basow, MD, Former CEO of Clinical Effectiveness for Wolters Kluwer, Health discusses how UpToDate content is developed through a unique, three-layered review process, which enables UpToDate to deliver the latest evidence to clinicians at the point of care.

Transparency, rigor, and independence are at the heart of our editorial process

Authors and editors are clearly identified at the top of every clinical topic, along with the publication and literature review dates and detailed references with links. The contributors’ affiliations and peer reviewers’ information is also available.

We are systematic in how we identify, review and synthesize clinical evidence as it applies to a clinical question. At the top of the evidence hierarchy are meta-analyses and randomized trials of high methodological quality, followed by randomized trials with methodological limitations, then observational studies and unsystematic clinical observations. Inferences are stronger when the evidence is summarized in systematic reviews that present all relevant data. Our in-house physician deputy editors, all of whom receive training in clinical epidemiology, oversee the integrity and consistency of this process, working closely with the authors.

For off-label drug use (that is, uses that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration), clinicians are advised to check in a selection of drug monographs from our reference, Lexicomp®. Our physician and pharmacy editors and experts work together to align drug content with clinical insights and to select monographs for publication in UpToDate.1

The clinician is advised to check UpToDate’s drug information database to verify conditions of use and to identify any changes in drug dosage, schedule or contraindications. Some topics contain discussions of “off-label” drug uses.

Our conflict of interest policy is designed to ensure that our content remains impartial and unbiased, and we never offer advertising or sponsorship in UpToDate.

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Feedback to Editors: Make an impact on medical practice

We welcome feedback from our clinician subscribers. Over the years, this feedback has been instrumental in improving our content. In fact, we often refer to subscribers’ feedback as our final peer review.

Subscribers are encouraged to send feedback to our editors with the “Feedback” button on the right of every clinical topic page.

  1. Our clinical drug reference Lexicomp provides comprehensive drug guidance, including dosing and renal adjustments, IV Compatibility, Interactions, Off-label, Pharmacogenomics.
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