UpToDate impacts care in resource-limited settings!

UpToDate started a donations program in 1999 in the United States through the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and in 2009 we expanded the program to donate internationally through Global Health Delivery Online (GHDOnline).

According to an article recently published in Global Public Health, users at the participating hospitals (2 medical centers in Rwanda, 1 hospital in Malawi, and 1 hospital in South Africa) used UpToDate often (48% reported using it daily) and comprehensively.  All specialties provided by UpToDate were queried, the most popular being: Infectious Disease, Drug Information, Pediatrics, ObGyn, and Gastroenterology. 

The most frequently accessed topics were:

  • Approach to HIV-infected patients with central nervous system legions
  • AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma
  • Diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • Diagnostic approach to the patient with acute or chronic kidney disease
  • Choice of therapy in essential hypertension
  • Clinical features and diagnosis of malabsorption
Read the PubMed abstract of the article in Global Public Health.
  • Donations program

  • Learn more about our donations program, the hospitals currently receiving access, and how individuals and institutions can apply to participate.
  • Learn more about the program
  • New content

  • Users can request topics for development if they can't find what they're looking for in UpToDate. We've developed over 50 new clinical topics based on feedback from users in resource-limited settings.
  • Read the topics
  • Harvard Study

  • A recent study, published by researchers at Harvard, associates UpToDate use with lower mortality rates, shorter lengths of stay, and improved quality of care.
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