Clinicians Rank UpToDate as the Most-Used Clinical Decision Support Resource in JMLA Study

Study Top 10 Ranked Resources Includes Online Journals and Ovid MEDLINE

Boston, MA – (May 6, 2013) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today at MLA ’13, the 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the Medical Library Association that a study on the value of library and information services in patient care found UpToDate® was the most used clinical decision support resource, second only to research studies.

The study, titled “The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study” was published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) and was conducted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 January; 101(1): 38–46.)

Over 16,000 clinicians at 56 library sites serving 118 hospitals in urban and rural areas were asked to report on a recent incident in which they had sought information for patient care. The study found that, following research studies, UpToDate was the clinical decision support (CDS) resource used most by physicians and residents, while online journals (#1) and Ovid MEDLINE (#8) ranked in the top 10 list of resources. UpToDate was used significantly more than all other clinical decision support (CDS) tools listed among the 20 choices available.

“Clinicians have spoken: clinical decision support resources are critical for decision making at the point-of-care,” said Denise Basow, M.D., Vice President/General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “The prominence of UpToDate in the recent study by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine validates our efforts to provide clinicians with focused and actionable clinical content authored by leading experts and backed with graded recommendations. Key to equipping clinicians with the best content at the point of care is our longstanding partnership with medical librarians.”

The study complements the growing medical literature demonstrating that UpToDate contributes to increased time savings, lower mortality rates as well as the avoidance of adverse events including misdiagnosis, adverse drug reactions, medication errors and ordering of unneeded tests. To read the study, click here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543128/.

To learn more about how UpToDate is helping medical librarians around the world, please visit the Wolters Kluwer Health booth # 205 at the 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the Medical Library Association (MLA ’13), held May 3-8, 2013 in Boston, MA.