Web Resource Ratings

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 the information available online and presenting our assessment using a 5-star rating scale.

Recently rated Web Resources

  • Is Palliative Care Right for You?

    Get Palliative Care

    This quiz will help you determine whether palliative care might be right for you or someone close to you. You can receive palliative care at any age and at any point in your illness.

  • Palliative Care Provider Directory

    Get Palliative Care

    This resource helps you or a loved one locate palliaitve care in your area. Once you find a program that you are interested in, you should contact the program directly to confirm eligibility.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Get Palliative Care

    This resource answers common questions about palliative care, such as what it is, when and where it can occur, and whether it is covered by insurance. Read this resource to find answers to questions you might have about palliative care.

  • Meet the Palliative Care Team

    Get Palliative Care

    This resource gives you and your families questions to ask your palliaitve care team during your first meeting. These questions will allow your goals to be made clear so you can be matched with the correct treatment options. Read this resource for more tips on speaking with your care team.

  • How to Get Palliative Care?

    Get Palliative Care

    The first step to getting palliative care is talking with your doctor. It is important to tell your doctor that you are thinking of palliative care and to explain your treatment goals and treatment history. Read this resource for more tips on how to talk to your doctor.

Excluded websites

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:

  • be relevant to optimal aging;
  • come from websites that are free to access; and
  • not be directly funded by a company trying to sell you a product or service.

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 (info@mcmasteroptimalaging.org).

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