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Use of this website

Please read the following Website Terms and Conditions, which relate to information regarding general use of this website. By using this website, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. From time to time we may change these terms and conditions, and will post revisions on our website. We recommend that you read these terms and conditions regularly.

Privacy

Use of the data that you provide us, or which is collected by use on this website, is governed by our Privacy Policy.

Access to EvidenceAlerts

We try to ensure that website availability is uninterrupted and that transmissions will be error-free. However, we cannot, due to the nature of the internet, guarantee that your access will not be suspended or restricted from time to time including to allow for repairs, maintenance or the introduction of new facilities or services. We of course try to limit the frequency and duration of any suspension or restriction. At the moment access to EvidenceAlerts is free and such access is at our discretion and may be changed without notice.

Accounts and Passwords

As a registered user to EvidenceAlerts, the details which are registered with us allow you and only you to use EvidenceAlerts for as long as we allow access. Personal accounts therefore may not be shared.

Intellectual property rights

The content, layout, design, data and graphics on this website are protected by UK and other international copyright laws. Other than downloading a small proportion of content, strictly for your personal, non-commercial use, or where this amounts to "fair dealing", no part of the website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording and/or otherwise) without our prior written consent. Any authorised uses of content must include the customary bibliographic citation, including author attribution, date, article, article title and (if applicable) must include the copyright notices.

EBSCO's and McMaster University's trademarks and logos, are strictly protected. Any use including framing, metatags or other text utilising EBSCO or McMaster University trademarks (or other trademarks displayed) are strictly prohibited without the owners express written consent.

Links

This website contains links including hyperlinks which may take you outside EvidenceAlerts. Links are provided for your convenience, and an inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement or approval by us of the linked website, its operator or content. We are not responsible for any website outside EvidenceAlerts.

Disclaimer

The information contained on EvidenceAlerts is intended for medical professionals and is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

EvidenceAlerts provides an educational service for practising clinicians, designed to alert clinicians to important new research; however, we cannot warrant its accuracy. It is intended to support evidence-based decision making, by providing links to published research reports about the diagnosis, treatment, prediction and prognosis, etiology, and economics of medical conditions. However, "evidence does not make decisions". Clinicians making decisions about the care of their patients must take into account the limitations of evidence from research as well as the unique nature of their patients' circumstances and wishes. Readers should also be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions. Because of this fact and also because of regular advances in medical research, we strongly recommend that readers independently verify any information they chose to rely on. Ultimately it is the readers' responsibility to make their own professional judgements.

EvidenceAlerts attempts to provide access to the best new research of relevance for clinical practice in the fields of primary medical care and subspecialties of internal medicine. It does not report all research but uses explicit criteria to define a subset of published research that is likely to be valid and ready for clinical attention. Practising physicians then provide their assessments of the relevance and newsworthiness of the reports through an online review process, the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE). Individual clinicians who then receive these reviews must then apply their own judgement concerning the strength and applicability of this evidence to their own patients.

Description or reference to a product or publication does not imply endorsement of that product or publication.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, EBSCO and McMaster University are not responsible for any losses, injury or damage caused to any person or property (including under contract, by negligence, products liability or otherwise) whether they be direct or indirect, special, incidental or consequential, resulting from the application of the information on EvidenceAlerts.

Browsers

Please note: If you are using one of the popular "offline browsers" that allow you to download content from a site and read it later, please be aware that subject to ensuring that this amounts to only a small proportion of content, strictly for your personal non-commercial use, or where this amounts to "fair dealing" we impose one restriction on their use.

In order for us to provide reliable, continuous, and timely access to EvidenceAlerts for all readers, we ask that you configure your offline browser to not request more than one page per 60 seconds.

Be aware that non-compliance with this rule may result in your access to EvidenceAlerts being blocked until you contact us and resolve the problem.

Your conduct

You must not use the website in any way that causes or is likely to cause the website or access to it to be interrupted, damaged or impaired in any way. You understand that you are solely responsible for all electronic communications and contents sent from your computer to us. You must use the website for lawful purposes only. You must not use the website for any of the following:

  • Fraudulent purposes in connection with a criminal offence or otherwise unlawful activity.
  • To send, use or re-use any material that is illegal, offensive, abusive, indecent, defamatory, obscene or menacing; or in breach of copyright, trademark, confidence, privacy or any other right; or is otherwise injurious to third parties; or objectionable; or which consists of or contains software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings or any spam.
  • To cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.

Governing law

These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Ontario, Canada, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

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