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MacPLUS is available to the students and faculty of the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and health professionals in the Hamilton region. Registration is currently available through Medportal (McMaster students, residents and faculty), Clinical Connect (students, residents, faculty and HHS staff), and this page.
(Limited registration is available for interested others via the Registration page below, but we reserve the right to cancel such registration at any time without notice. If you have questions, kindly Contact Us.)

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Please indicate all institutional settings which apply *

Please indicate your current education position/role
(if more than one educational role, indicate the one that occupies the most time for you) *

Would you like to receive e-mail alerts from MacPLUS FS about important articles in your selected discipline(s)? You can unsubscribe at any time.

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If your institution has a PubMed Outside Tool, then please select it from the list below.

The list is presented alphabetically. To reduce the number of items in the list, you may type a portion of your institution's name in this text box.

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As part of registering for MacPLUS, you agree that:

  • Your use of MacPLUS will be measured for frequency of use (system log-ins), types of use (also assessed by online monitoring) and self-reported level of satisfaction (determined via periodic, very short, online questionnaires).

All monitoring data is gathered and protected by the Health Information Research Unit (HIRU), a not-for-profit research entity of McMaster University, by way of protected database server computers in an alarm-protected facility controlled by HIRU. Individual information will not be released to others by HIRU.

Your registration is voluntary and you may withdraw your registration at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

MacPLUS FS provides an educational service for practicing clinicians and students in training, designed to alert clinicians and students in training 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. Users 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 users independently verify any information they chose to rely on. Ultimately it is the users' responsibility to make their own judgments.

The MacPLUS service has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the McMaster Research Ethics Board. If you have any concerns or questions about your involvement you may contact:

Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB)
c/o Office of the Chair HIREB
Telephone: 905-521-2100 Ext. 42013