re: Medical Database Linked To Better Hospital Care
Well, duh. Docs who look up answers to clinical questions might give better care than the ones who wing it. But by looking *only* at UpToDate, they make it sound like UTD is the only "clinical decision support tool" there is. It's not even really a "clinical decision support tool," it's a bunch of detailed review articles, and there are multiple competing products out there. It's also so expensive (our hospital was quoted over $150K/yr for a subscription) that many places couldn't afford it. This is a puff piece for UTD, pure and simple, along the lines of an ad: Look! Research shows if you use our shampoo, your hair will be cleaner than if you don't wash it. UTD provides a very slick, convenient package of very helpful info, no doubt, but this "research" is getting way more play than it deserves.