Find Credible Health Information on UpToDate Medicine Resource
By Sarah Hughes
As we enter the winter season during a pandemic, it is more important than ever to remain healthy. While a wealth of health information may be available when conducting a quick search on the web, much of the content is not always credible. Instead, consider using some of the trustworthy resources available at Falvey Memorial Library.
UpToDate is an evidence-based medicine resource used by medical providers to retrieve the most current information on health topics.
While the content is primary geared towards students and faculty at the College of Nursing, it does have features that can be helpful for those seeking basic health-related information. A nice feature of this resource is that it contains some specific content geared towards patients, not medical providers. These specific entries are written in more plain terms and is easy to read and understand.
Access UpToDate through Databases A to Z on the Falvey Memorial Library homepage. Be sure to register with your valid Villanova email account.
Once you have an account set, you can search for specific information, like in the example below, information on flu treatment.
Click the Patient tab to retrieve content written for patients. While this is no replacement for a telemedicine visit to your doctor, it can be helpful to see the recommended guidelines written by healthcare providers.
Stay safe and healthy this winter!
Sarah Hughes is Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.
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