There is a lot of health information or "Web Resources" freely available on the internet. A Web Resource is any item you find online that you can watch, read, listen to, or interact with, such as videos, fact sheets and online quizzes. Many resources are consumer-friendly, but it's often difficult to know which ones have credible information, based on scientific research.
Web Resource Ratings do the homework for you, assessing the quality of health information available online and presenting our assessment using a 5-star rating scale.
This patient decision aid helps people with lateral epicondylitis who have not had improvement of their symptoms after 6 to 12 months of non-surgical treatment decide on whether or not to have surgery by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options. It includes alternative treatment options to surgery such as trying tendon rest and rehabilitation.
This patient decision aid helps people thinking about having genetic testing for Lynch syndrome decide on screening options. It outlines options such as doing a mutation search, predictive test, and deferring the decision and compares the benefits and side effects associated with each option.
This patient decision aid helps women who are considering genetic testing because they have a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer by outlining the options such as having a mutation search, predictive test, and deferring the decision.
This patient decision aid helps post-menopausal women who have broken a bone recently and have osteoporosis decide on whether or not to take risedronate (Actonel®) by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options
This patient decision aid helps post-menopausal women who have broken a bone recently and have osteoporosis decide on whether or not to take etidronate (Didronel®) by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options
We don't rate every resource we find on the web that relates to optimal aging. In some cases, entire health-related websites are excluded from what to evaluate in detail. In order to be rated, a Web Resource must:
If you cannot find a website or Web Resource that you are looking for, check out our list of excluded websites. If you still can’t find it, let us know; we may have missed it!
DISCLAIMER: Web Resource Ratings are provided for informational purposes only and to facilitate discussions with your healthcare providers, family members, or informal care givers. They are not a substitute for advice from your own health care professionals. The Portal is not responsible for the content of external websites, nor is it an endorsement of that website or the site’s owners (or their products/services). The Web Resource Ratings may be reproduced for not-for-profit educational purposes only. Any other uses must be approved by the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (email@example.com).