McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, AGE-WELL, & McMaster (2020). McMaster Optimal Aging Portal. Retrieved from Organization website:

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This portal provides easy access to evidence-based information about healthy aging for health care professionals and their patients/clients. The portal is unique among healthy aging information websites due to its rigorous quality appraisal that helps users filter through a large quantity of health information and easily identify the highest quality resources.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The portal includes the following features:

  • Content in 62 categories, including common health conditions, health care delivery and healthy aging practices
  • A search function to find blog posts, evidence summaries and web resource ratings on a topic of interest
  • A database of over 30,000 critically appraised published research abstracts on topics relevant to healthy aging
  • Email alerts, including “What’s new in healthy aging?” or any of three tailored professional alerts to keep up on the latest content added to the portal


Barbara, A. M., Dobbins, M., Haynes, R. B., Iorio, A., Lavis, J. N., Raina, P., & Levinson, A. J. (2016). The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal: Usability Evaluation of a Unique Evidence-Based Health Information Website. JMIR human factors, 3(1), e14.

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