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

  • Does cognitive behavioral therapy help people to cope better with tinnitus?

    Informed Health Online

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help you cope with tinnitus in everyday life and help reduce symptoms of depression. It is important to remember that this kind of treatment requires patience and motivation.

  • Chronic tinnitus: What helps - and what doesn't?

    Informed Health Online

    The cause of tinnitus is not known and few treatments have been proven to work. Some research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) could help. This treatment helps you deal with distress caused by the condition.

  • Hearing aids: How to choose the right one

    Mayo Clinic

    There are many different types of hearing aids available. They may fit behind the ear, in the ear, or are an open fit. Details in this resource including pictures of different options. Ask for a trial period before you buy.

  • Epley maneuver

    Medline Plus

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a problem in the inner ear that can cause you to feel dizzy. The Epley manoeuver - done by a health professional - can help with BPPV.

  • Canalith repositioning

    Mayo Clinic

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a problem in the inner ear that can cause you to feel dizzy. Canalith repositioning can help with BPPV. This resource includes pictures of how to do this manoeuver.

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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