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

  • Stroke and Palliative Care

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    Stroke is a disease where blood flow to the brain is stopped. The areas of the brain that are affected get damaged or die, which leads to the symptoms a stroke causes. Palliative care can help explain whether your symptoms will be permanent or will improve over time, as well as helping you to treat your symptoms. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Sickle Cell Anemia and Palliative Care

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    Sickle cell anemia is a condition that affects red blood cells. The red blood cells become sickle-shaped which prevents oxygen from flowing properly throughout the body, which leads to inflammation and pain. Palliative care can help you manage your symptoms and deal with the emotions related to living with a chronic illness. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis and Palliative Care

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    Pulmonary fibrosis is disease where the lungs become scarred and breathing becomes difficult. Treatments involve medications and oxygen therpay to make breathing and sleeping easier. Palliative care can help you to treat the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis and provide you with support. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care

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    Prostate cancer can cause various symptoms such as bone pain, difficulties with urination and fatigue. Symptoms of prostate cancer can affect your self esteem and create anxiety. Palliative care can help manage your symptoms and provide emotional support.

  • Parkinson’s Disease and Palliative Care

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    The symptoms of Parkinson's disease starts off gradually, but gets worse over time. Typical treatments involve medications, physical or occupational therapy, and eventually assited living if needed. Palliaitve care can help you to clarify your goals and set up a treatment plan. Read this resource to learn more.

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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