Extending care beyond the exam or consultation

Provide your patients with the tools they need to take a more active role in their health.

Your patients’ health is determined by more than the care decisions you make during your time with them. Patients must take an active role in their own health, but that’s easier said than done given the complexity of their condition, medications, or treatment plans. With UpToDate, you can provide patients with resources to help them stay engaged in their health, which can be the difference between the path to wellness or a possible readmission. Engaging patients in their medical care and treatment decisions often reduces costs and leads to better outcomes.

Patient education you and your patients can trust

Developed in-house and edited by the same physicians who edit UpToDate medical topics, UpToDate patient education topics provide information that is consistent with the evidence-based content that clinicians use to make clinical decisions.

UpToDate provides more than 1,500 patient education topics, plus more than 1,000 translated into universal Spanish, that facilitate clinician-patient communication. Written at an accessible level and infused with pictures and graphics, these materials educate and promote shared decision making based on medical evidence, clinical recommendations, and patient preference.

Like all content in UpToDate, these patient education resources are updated continuously to reflect the most recent medical literature. All patient education topics are written by professional medical writers, edited to adhere to readability standards, and reviewed by our in-house physician editors for clinical relevance. The Beyond the Basics topics are also reviewed by an external physician author and section editor. Thus, our patient education materials are current, actionable, and evidence-based.

We publish two types of articles specifically for patients

The Basics

These articles are one to three pages and written according to the principles of Plain Language. They answer the four or five most important questions a person might have about a medical problem and are appropriate for readers who want a general overview. These articles are available only to UpToDate subscribers. Browse the samples of “The Basics” level content below:

Beyond the Basics

These articles are five to ten pages and more detailed than The Basics. Beyond the Basics are best for readers who want detailed information and are comfortable with technical medical terms. All Beyond the Basics articles are available to everyone, free of charge. For more information, or to search for a particular topic, visit our Subscriptions for Patients and Caregivers page.

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Read our Patient Education FAQs for information about finding articles, reading levels, and more.

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Need more in-depth information?

Short-term subscriptions to UpToDate professional-level information are available for patients, family members, and caregivers who need or want a greater breadth and depth of content than patient education provides.

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