Finding Clinical Answers

Learn how to quickly and easily find answers to your clinical questions using UpToDate. In this section, learn how to conduct a search and navigate a topic. Explore helpful tools like graphics, calculators, patient education and clinical updates.

Conduct a Search

Conducting a search in UpToDate is fast and easy. Searches can be conducted from the main search page or in the search bar above the blue clinical toolbar on the search results page or topic review pages.

Conduct a Search
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To facilitate getting to answers quickly, UpToDate is designed with the busy clinician in mind. Search common medical abbreviations, graphics, use filters and more.   
Your Language Search
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UpToDate offers users the ability to search in any of 16 languages.

Additional Information

  • How to Conduct a Search

    Search in UpToDate by disease, symptom, lab abnormality, procedure, or drug. UpToDate begins suggesting search terms after one character. It also accepts commonly used medical abbreviations. Click the search button, hit enter on your keyboard, or select the suggested search term to go to the search results page.

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    Topics will be displayed by relevance to the search criteria. Search results also contain links to the most commonly referenced sections and graphics within a topic. Filter a search in the top navigation by selecting All, Adult, Pediatric, Patient, or Graphics. Hover over a topic and select the outline icon on the right hand side to expand the Topic Outline, where you can jump directly to a section within a topic. 

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  • How to Search in Your Own Language

    UpToDate offers users the ability to search in up to 16 languages.  Once logged in, language preferences can be changed by clicking the drop down under your username and selecting language. 

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    Select the language of choice and click Submit.  The navigation bar and search box are now displayed in the preferred language. 

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    Searches can also be conducted in the preferred language.  Upon entering the search item, suggested search terms will be displayed in the selected language.  Note that the content in UpToDate will remain in English.

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Downloads and Related Links

  • How do I view my recent searches and topics? View Article
  • What are the links below the topic titles on the search results page? View Article
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