UpToDate clinical decision support tool

To help towards Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s goal of providing the safest, kindest care in the NHS, the Library, with the support of the Postgraduate and Undergraduate Education teams has started a subscription to the UpToDate clinical decision support resource.

UpToDate is written by clinicians for clinicians and offers easy access to high-quality information to inform diagnosis and treatment decisions. It has a proven positive impact on outcomes, and is associated with reduced cost of care, shorter length of stay, reduced complication rates and increased patient safety.

In an international subscriber survey carried out in 2014, 94% of respondents said UpToDate improved the quality of care they provide.

A recent survey of senior clinicians in SaTH gave examples of where using UpToDate has changed practice and was especially useful in rare or unusual conditions. It is also an excellent teaching resource, offers a drug interaction checker, can record usage for CPD points, and also offers hundreds of patient information leaflets.

UpToDate can be accessed on any PC in SaTH by visiting the UpToDate website. For off-site use, you can either create a username and password (useful if you want to record usage for CPD) or use your OpenAthens account. There is also a mobile app you can download for access anywhere.

For more information on accessing UpToDate off-site or by mobile app, visit the UpToDate page on our website.

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