About This Site

OBESITY+ is a service of McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit. It incorporates the McMaster PLUS email alerting system and searchable database of best evidence from the medical literature on obesity.

OBESITY+ is continuously updated and provides access to current best evidence from health care research, to support evidence-based clinical decisions.

This service is unique: all citations (from over 120 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for evidence quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing clinicians (physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists with a common interest in obesity).

What do the clinical ratings in OBESITY+ mean?

The current features of PLUS include:

  • systematic review of over 120 journals (including all Cochrane reviews relevant to obesity) with selection of articles by expert research staff concerning the cause, course, diagnosis, prediction, prevention, and treatment of obesity, quality improvement and health economics, according to explicit criteria, with high reproducibility and periodic quality assurance checks*
  • ratings of each eligible article for clinical relevance and newsworthiness by at least 3 practitioners for each discipline for which the article might be pertinent

* Wilczynski NL, McKibbon KA, Haynes RB. Enhancing retrieval of best evidence for health care from bibliographic databases: calibration of the hand search of the literature. Medinfo. 2001;10(Pt 1):390-3.