KT+Website Terms and Conditions

KT+ is a website sponsored by the Canadian Obesity Network/Réseau canadien en obésité and prepared by the Health Information Research Unit of McMaster University.

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.


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

Access to KT+

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 KT+ is free and such access is at our discretion and may be changed without notice.

Accounts and Passwords

As a registered user of KT+, you and only you will be allowed to use KT+ by the details which are registered with us 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 Canadian 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, 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) the copyright notices.

The Canadian Obesity Network/Réseau canadien en obésité and McMaster University trademarks and logos are strictly protected. Any use including framing, metatags, or other text using the Canadian Obesity Network/Réseau canadien en obésité or McMaster University trademarks (or other trademarks displayed) is strictly prohibited without the owners’ express written consent.


This website contains links including hyperlinks which may take you outsideKT+. Links are provided for your convenience, and an inclusion of any link does not imply our endorsement or approval of the linked website, its operator, or its content. We are not responsible for any website other than this one.


The information contained in KT+ is intended for health professionals and is provided on an “as is” basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied.

KT+ provides an educational service for practising clinicians and researchers and others interested in the management of obesity, designed to alert them to important new research; however, we cannot warrant its accuracy. The clinical research articles are 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 obesity. However, “evidence does not make decisions”2, and 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. The research portion is intended to support research that will lead to clinical advancements. Readers should be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions about the interpretation of evidence from research. Because of this fact and also because of regular advances in medical research, we strongly recommend that readers independently verify any information they choose to rely on. Ultimately it is the readers’ responsibility to make their own professional judgements.

KT+ attempts to provide access to the best new obesity research of relevance for clinical practice and research. It does not report all research but uses explicit criteria to define a subset of published research, first, that is likely to be valid and ready for clinical attention in these disciplines, and second, that is not yet ready for clinical attention but is at a preclinical stage. For the clinical research articles, practitioners with an interest in obesity 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 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, the Canadian Obesity Network/Réseau canadien en obésité 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 KT+

2Haynes RB, Devereaux PJ, Guyatt GH. Clinical expertise in the era of evidence-based medicine and patient choice [editorial]. ACP Journal Club. 2002;136:A11-3.


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.

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:

Governing law

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