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

Recently rated Web Resources

  • Too fit to fracture: Managing osteoporosis through exercise

    Osteoporosis Canada

    If you have osteoporosis, it is recommended to exercise regularly. A physical therapist or kinesiologist can give you advice on what type of exercise is best for you. You should do a combination of strength, posture, balance, and aerobic exercise.

  • Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms

    Mayo Clinic

    Exercise may improve your mood if you have depression or anxiety, and prevent it from coming back. Try to exercise for 30 minutes three to five days a week. Try to find a physical activity that you like to do to help you stay motivated.

  • Depression (major depressive disorder)

    Mayo Clinic

    Depression is a mood disorder that may make you feel sad or lose interest in things. You can help prevent depression by controlling stress, speaking with family and friends, and getting help if you need it.

  • Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer: A Summary for Adults and Their Caregivers.


    This patient decision aid helps people diagnosed with head and neck cancer to decide on whether or not to have radiation therapy by comparing the benefits and side effects of both options. It also outlines the four different type of radiation therapy that you can receive.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Is Methotrexate right for you?


    This patient decision aid helps individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and whose doctor has suggested methotrexate as a treatment option decide on whether or not to use it by comparing the benefits and side effects of both options.

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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