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 myopia decide on whether or not to have laser surgery by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options.
This patient decision aid helps with suspected meniscal tear decide on whether to have a diagnostic test (MRI or arthroscopy) or try other treatment methods such as physical therapy or home treatment. It facilitates this process by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options.
This patient decision aid helps people who help decide health care for a person with dementia decide on feeding options such as using a feeding tube or helping to eat by mouth.
This patient decision aid helps individuals suffering with kidney stones and considering treatment decide on whether or not to have lithotripsy by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options.
Dancing might be good for your brain. Research shows that if you participate in a dance program that challenges you, you might have improved learning, long-term memory, and balance.
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).