Patient Education

Give your patients the accurate, comprehensive information they need to make smart choices about their health care. You and your patients will use the same evidence-based recommendations to make the right decisions together. Easy-to-understand educational information with visual graphics gives you the tools to educate patients on their condition and help meet patient-specific education Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements. We’ve expanded our database of articles – there are now nearly 1,500 articles you can email, print or review together with your patients.

Improving communication, improving care

Clinicians who use UpToDate Patient Information tell us it saves them time and helps them communicate more effectively with their patients. Patients who use it tell us it helps them improve their own care and become more confident about their choices. In fact, our patient information materials are designed to promote shared decision making between clinicians and patients, a practice that often leads to better outcomes.

We publish two types of articles specifically for patients, plus, with a specially priced subscription, unlimited access to the same professional-level materials clinicians use:

The Basics — These articles are one to three pages and written according to the principles of Plain Language. They answer the four or five most important questions a person might have about a medical problem and are perfect for readers who want a general overview.

Beyond the Basics — These articles are five to ten pages and more detailed than The Basics. Beyond the Basics are best for readers who want detailed information and are comfortable with technical medical terms. All Beyond the Basics articles are available to everyone, free of charge.

Professional-level information — Professional-level information is designed to keep health care professionals up-to-date on the latest medical findings. These articles are thorough and complex and contain references to the underlying research. Professional-level articles are best for people who are comfortable with medical terminology and who want to read the same materials as their clinicians. Patients can purchase weekly or monthly subscriptions to access our professional level information.

Sleep deprivation may create false memories

The study was conducted by psychological scientist Steven J. Frenda of the University of California, Irvine and colleagues. Results show sleep-deprived people who viewed photos of a crime being committed and then read false information about the photos were more likely to report remembering the false details in the photos than were those who got a full night’s sleep.

Poor sleep tied to lower physical activity in people with PTSD

We found that sleep quality was more strongly associated with physical activity one year later than was having a diagnosis of PTSD,” said lead author Lisa Talbot, postdoctoral fellow at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. “The longitudinal aspect of this study suggests that sleep may influence physical activity.

Interruptions, fragmented sleep may be same as barely any sleep

The price of multiple night waking is the same as staying up nearly the entire night. Scientifically speaking, the negative cognitive impact, shortened attention span and poor moods are equivalent to no more than four consecutive hours of sleep. It’s hard to blame them for having mixed feelings about parenting. They often wake up in the morning feeling more tired than the night before.

The way you handle stress may affect your sleep

A new study finds that the way we handle stress could cause insomnia. Results show that coping with a stressful event by giving up on dealing with the stress or by using alcohol or drugs each helps trigger the relationship between stress exposure and insomnia development.

Short sleep linked to aging brain

A new study finds that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age. Results show that each hour of reduced sleep duration changed the annual expansion rate of the ventricles by 0.59 percent. Ventricles are the internal chambers of the brain. Their expansion is a reliable marker for the risk of cognitive impairment. The study also found that reduced sleep sped up the annual decline rate in cognitive performance by 0.67 percent.