The purpose of the partnership is to enhance the relevance of the UpToDate program for nurse practitioners and increase its use by NPs to help provide the best care to patients. AANP will be providing systematic feedback through the provision of a formal review panel to ensure that the UpToDate program meets the needs of nurse practitioners. UpToDate is an evidence-based information resource that provides practical answers and recommendations to clinical questions at the point of care. UpToDate is also an official educational program of or offered in cooperation with eight other professional medical societies.
AANP also has approved UpToDate as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. NPs will be able to accrue continuing education credits by using UpToDate: one hour of researching clinical questions in UpToDate equals 1.2 contact hours of learning.
"AANP and UpToDate have worked together to make sure that this product will be extremely beneficial to nurse practitioners. In addition to being an AANP approved continuing education provider, UpToDate's point-of-care information enables NPs to have important clinical resources at their fingertips," said AANP Director of Research and Education Mary Jo Goolsby, EdD, MSN, NP-C, FAANP. Dr. Goolsby also serves as the UpToDate program review advisor.
"We are very excited about partnering with AANP and the potential to improve the quality of care to patients," said Burton Rose, MD, founder and Editor-in-Chief of UpToDate. "We recognize the increasingly important role of nurse practitioners as providers of clinical care and we look forward to the benefit of their input to UpToDate content to improve the value of UpToDate to all clinicians."
UpToDate is currently used by more than 200,000 physicians and medical practitioners in leading medical centers and teaching institutions in the United States and worldwide. Nurse practitioners represent a rapidly growing segment of users as they recognize UpToDate's usefulness in helping them answer questions that arise in the course of patient care. In a recent UpToDate usage study, NPs reported that they found the information they were looking for in UpToDate in 95% of their searches and that 89% of their searches improved patient care.
AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. With nearly 20,000 individual members and more than 100 group members, AANP represents the interests of approximately 90,000 nurse practitioners around the country. AANP continually advocates for the active role of nurse practitioners as providers of high-quality, cost-effective and personalized healthcare. For more information about AANP, visit www.aanp.org.
UpToDate is a subscription-based clinical information resource created by a community of 3,000 expert medical clinicians to provide answers to questions that arise at the point-of-care. Content covers adult internal medicine and subspecialties, family medicine, women's health and pediatrics. UpToDate synthesizes published evidence and clinical experience to provide recommendations for patient care in fast and easy-to-use online, CD-ROM and Pocket PC formats. Revised versions are issued every four months. The company accepts no advertising or sponsorships, a policy that helps to ensure that UpToDate's content remains unbiased by any commercial interests. For more information on UpToDate, go to www.uptodate.com.
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