Top Ten UpToDate Topics Searched at UVM and FAHC

Of all topics searched in UpToDate at UVM and Fletcher Allen, drug information is consistently the most frequent. In descending order, the following topics are most popular:

Infectious Diseases
Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Nephrology & Hypertension
OB/GYN & Women’s Health
Endocrinology & Diabetes
Adult Primary Care & Internal Medicine.

Usage tends to be highest in October and December, and one can easily see how topics have seasonal highs and lows. In the summer months, for example, there were over 200 “hits” on Lyme Disease and Tick Bites. Other popular topics are: Dog and Cat Bites, Low Back Pain In Adults, and Differential Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain In Adults.

Most physicians agree that UpToDate is a great tool for finding clinical information, but did you know that its use is widespread amongst pharmacists, nurses, and medical students in addition to physicians? After attending and resident physicians, nurses and medical students are the heaviest users of this popular clinical tool.

The chart below provides a snapshot of usage by UVM and FAHC health care professionals in the last twelve months.