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UpToDate is an evidence-based clinical decision support resource that helps healthcare professionals make informed medical decisions at the point of care. This comprehensive guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to access UpToDate and an overview of its key features and benefits. For access instructions, please click your LMU status below:

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What is UptoDate?

UpToDate is a renowned clinical tool widely used by doctors, nurses, and medical practitioners worldwide. It offers:

  • Expert-authored content: Thousands of topics across more than 25 specialties written by leading physicians and experts.
  • Evidence-based recommendations: Actionable insights and guidelines to support clinical decision-making.
  • Patient education materials: Comprehensive information to help patients understand their conditions and treatments.
  • Drug database: Detailed information on drug interactions, dosages, and adverse effects.
  • Medical calculators: Tools to support clinical calculations and risk assessments.

Benefits of Using UpToDate

  • Improved Patient Care: Provides reliable and up-to-date medical information to enhance patient outcomes.
  • Time Efficiency: Quickly find answers to clinical questions, saving time and effort.
  • Continual Learning: Keeps healthcare professionals informed about the latest medical advancements and best practices.
  • Accessibility: Available on various devices, including desktops, tablets, and smartphones, ensuring information is accessible anytime, anywhere.

Tips for Effective Use

  • Bookmark Key Articles: Save frequently accessed topics for quick reference.
  • Set Up Alerts: Stay updated on new research and updates in your field by setting up email alerts.
  • Utilize Search Filters: Narrow down search results using specialty and content type filters to find relevant information quickly.
  • Explore Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits: Earn CME credits by reading articles and answering related questions.

For step-by-step guidance, please visit: How to Access UpToDate


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Mobile Access

  • Download the UpToDate mobile app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
  • Log in with your UpToDate account credentials.
  • Enjoy full access to the resource on your mobile device, allowing you to consult it at the point of care.



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If you are having trouble logging into library services or library databases, please contact LMU Information Services Helpdesk:

  • Call campus extension 7411, 423-869-7411, or 800-325-0900.
  • Phone (Duke Hall) Support Hours: Monday - Friday - 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Phone/Web-Based Extended Hours: Monday - Friday - 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Phone/Web-Based Weekend Hours: Saturday/Sunday - 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Or email at  A technician will reach out to you as soon as possible and help you with password resetting. Note: The Library cannot help with password problems with the UpToDate database.

Additional you may contact the vendor.