Content last modified Jan 2023
Our mission is simple: The Manuals, first published as the Merck Manual in 1899, now known as MSD Manuals outside the United States and Canada, are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The Manuals are committed to making the best current medical information accessible by up to 3 billion professionals and patients on every continent.
We believe that health information is a universal right and that every person is entitled to accurate and accessible medical information. We have a responsibility to protect, preserve and share the best current medical information to enable more informed decisions, enhance relationships between patients and professionals and improve health care outcomes around the world.
Here's how we're working to fulfill our mission:
continually update The Manuals' content to reflect the most current and accurate medical information.
will have their own version of The Manuals for enhanced access and ease of use.
enables consumers and professionals to access medical information tailored to their needs and knowledge - putting patients and their health care team on the same page.
enhance our expansive database of medical topics with videos, images, animations, medical calculators and a growing set of other resources.
with professionals and patients around the world on social media and other platforms facilitate meaningful dialogues on the most important medical topics.
improves the user experience of this not-for-profit initiative, as a sign of our commitment to providing free and open access to medical information.
Global Medical Knowledge Awareness Day takes place annually on October 15th and calls for all healthcare professionals, medical students, and consumers to celebrate and promote the power of actionable health information. We began celebrating this day annually after achieving our goal of making Merck Manual accessible to 3 billion professionals and patients on every continent in October of 2020. Here’s how you can get involved:
• Get Smart About Your Health: Take your health knowledge to the next level by learning about the connection between better medical knowledge and better health outcomes. Commit to reading one health article a week and engaging in lifelong learning around medical knowledge.
• Make Sure Your Health Sources are Credible: Learn what sets good health information apart and how to vet online medical sources. Bookmark sites like The MSD Manuals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to stay informed about your own health.
• Keep Sharing Accurate and Current Medical Knowledge: Showcase your commitment by adding the Global Medical Knowledge badge to your social profiles and talking to family and friends about the importance of accurate medical knowledge.
With these steps, individuals are encouraged to take specific actions, including adding a Global Medical Knowledge Badge to their social profiles, bookmarking MsdManuals.com and having conversations with friends and family members about the importance of current, reliable medical information.