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 women who suspect they may have a vaginal yeast infection decide on whether or not to self-treat the infection by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options. It outlines alternatives to self-treatment such as going to see the doctor or waiting to see if it goes away.
This patient decision aid helps men with erectile dysfunction who cannot take pills decide on whether or not to try injection treatments by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options. It also includes alternative options such as counseling, sex therapy, or seeking other ways to express intimacy.
This patient decision aid helps women with pelvic organ prolapse decide on whether or not to have surgery by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options.
This patient decision aid helps people considering long-term care for themselves or loved one plan ahead by outlining the different types of long-term care and factors to consider when choosing a care facility.
This patient decision aid helps individuals with inguinal hernia considering surgery decide whether to have surgery now or take a wait and see approach to surgery. It facilitates the process 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).