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The FNU Library does not subscribe to UpToDate. We know that it is quite popular in clinical settings, but it is cost prohibitive for our library. We use DynaMed Plus as our clinical reference resource.

A thorough review of point of care tools including UpToDate, Clinical Key, DynaMed Plus, and others was completed by a subcommittee of the Library Committee in Spring, 2017. While none of the products were perfect, UpToDate and DynaMed Plus were the clear favorites. However, there was not enough difference between the two to justify the high cost of UpToDate.

Advantages of DynaMed Plus:

  • References used were found to be more current than those in UpToDate
  • Information is presented in bulleted format and includes levels of evidence

The library provides an additional point of care tool, Essential Evidence Plus, which also provides quick, evidence-based clinical reference.

As librarians, we feel it’s more important for students to critically appraise the available evidence and decide for themselves on the best course of action. In other words, the tool you use is not as important as your ability to evaluate the information found in it.

The FNU Library does not subscribe to Epocrates Plus. We use Lexicomp as our drug reference resource. There is a free version of Epocrates available by signing up for an account with them.

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