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

  • Mindfulness exercises: How to get started

    Mayo Clinic

    Focusing on your feelings and senses at a given moment is a mindfulness exercise. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that may help reduce stress, anxiety, depression and bad mood. Tips for how to practice mindfulness in this resource.

  • HIV test: yes or no?


    This patient decision aid helps people decide on whether or not to have an HIV test by outlining and comparing the two options.

  • Carotid artery stenosis in people at high risk: treatment options.


    This patient decision aid helps people with serious heart, lung or kidney problems or who are over 80 years old decide on the treatment methods for blocked or narrowed carotid arteries. It facilitates the process by outlining and comparing the three treatment options: taking medicines, stenting and taking medicines, and surgery and taking medicines.

  • Prostate cancer screening: Should you get a PSA test?


    This patient decision aid helps men decide on whether or not to have a prostate cancer screening test by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options.

  • What are my options for managing hip or knee osteoarthritis?


    This patient decision aid helps people decide methods of managing their hip or knee osteoarthritis by presenting five options for management and compares the benefits, risks, and side effects of each option.

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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