UpToDate, a product of Uptodate inc. by Wolters Kluwer, is an evidence based clinical resource for medical professionals. It differs from conventional clinical support resources, as it’s an online resource available on website and as mobile applications (offline access also available), articles are peer-reviewed and frequently updated incorporating the latest guidelines and research outcomes. Currently, around 25 specialities are covered along with about 12000 topics available along with treatment algorithms, drug information, patient information and several calculators.
The mobile application is available for both Android and iPhone, and is equally beneficial for both consultants and resident doctors as a quick point of care clinical decision resource.
Uptodate is a paid resource requiring a subscription for access, Access to UpToDate requires a subscription, which can be purchased by individuals, clinics, or hospitals. However, there are several ways to access UpToDate for free:
- Some academic institutions and medical libraries have a subscription to UpToDate and provide access to their students, faculty and staff.
- Some hospitals and clinics have a institutional subscription of UpToDate, so the access to the service is available for their employees.
- Some professional societies and organizations have a partnership with UpToDate and offer free access to their members.
- Some health insurance companies also offer free access to UpToDate for their members.
Here we will share how to get completely free access of UpTodate for both web and mobile with offline access.
The free access is available to doctors worldwide except the USA, is offered by the Harvard University Global Health Delivery project [Better Evidence] that aims to provide access to Clinical resources to Health professionals in developing countries.
Eligibility of the program is as follows:
Be a physician, surgeon, nurse, physician’s assistant, or medical student outside of the United States.
Volunteer/work for a public or non-profit entity. Have at least intermittent internet access.Be able to complete the application in English.
Explain how their work directly aligns with our program aim. Verify that neither they nor their institution can afford UpToDate.
How to apply for free access to Uptodate:
Visit Better Evidence site at better-evidence.org visit here
If you are eligible according to the above-mentioned criteria, head over to begin application button and fill up a form will take only around 10–15 mins.
The details required are biodata, your current designation, how many patients you see each week, place of work & its detail whether it’s non-profit or for profit, which facilities are available, patients it caters. How you intend to utilize the Uptodate in your clinical practice, etc.
After submitting the form, your application will be reviewed which may take some weeks and will be provided free access to Uptodate for the whole year.