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Occupational Therapy Assistant: UpToDate

Basic search tips and strategies for occupational therapy assistant students

Registering for UpToDate

You must use a campus computer for your initial registration.  After you have registered, you can access this service from anywhere.

UpToDate Link

UpToDate access works differently than the other research we offer thru Dugan Library.  You will notice this the first time that you click on the link.  This database will require you to register as a user to get the full benefits of the resource.  The username and password that you use for this resource is entirely up to you.  Dugan Library cannot see or access your individual account.  Be sure to use an email address that you check on a regular basis in case you forget your login information.

One huge benefit of having UpToDate registration is the ability to download the app on your phone, tablet or other mobile device. Once you create your individual account, you can download the app, login and away you can go with your searching.

One of the other benefits after registration is that when you access the link from any of our webpages and login to the campus network, you will be automatically signed in to your account.  As long as you access the resource at least once every 90 days, your registration will remain active.

More About UpToDate

UpToDate is unlike any of the other resources offered by Dugan Library.  

  • You create an account that allows you to access the resource from multiple locations/devices
  • It is intended for practitioners
  • It has many tools not associated with typical research databases
  • Peer review has a different meaning in UpToDate
  • Continuing education credits may be earned using UpToDate
  • The contents are divided by specialties

Read on for more information about these features!

  • You create an account that allows you to access the resource from multiple locations/devices
    • If you create your account and then download the app on your chosen devices you will have continual access to this service as long as you use it at least once every 90 days
  • It is intended for practitioners
    • This is a trusted resources used by doctors and nurses in the hospital and practice settings
    • It is used to make treatment decisions
    • Summary and recommendations are provided for each article/issue
    • Information is based on Evidence Based Practice
  • It has many tools not associated with typical research databases
    • Calculators of all types are available
    • Drug database that allows you to search information on specific drugs, look for possible interactions by entering an entire patient regimen, and more
    • Tables and graphs are available for most topics
    • Links to related topics
    • A Patient Education center with summarized information for patients in English and Spanish
  • Peer review has a different meaning in UpToDate
    • Rather than a peer review conducted by an editorial board, peer review here means that it is reviewed by expert practitioners in a medical specialty and specialty societies
    • The "articles" are a summary of the topic with a navigation menu to go to specific areas of interest
    • The summary of the topic is based upon an extensive literature review with sources drawn from traditional peer reviews journals, information from clinical trials, major scientific conferences and meetings as well as specialty societies
    • Links to reviewed article citations in Medline
  • Continuing education credits may be earned using UpToDate
    • See details included in your account for more information
  • The contents are divided by specialties
    • Search over 20 specialty areas such as:
      • Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Oncology, Family Medicine and much more

If you need any help or assistance with searching UpToDate please contact one of our librarians.

Registering for an Account from Dugan Library

This video shows you how to access and use the UpToDate links from the LibGuides.

Registering for UpToDate

This video shows how to register for an UpToDate account from anywhere.

Using the UpToDate Mobile App

This video gives tips for using the mobile app for UpToDate.