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Privacy Policy

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and (hereinafter referred to as PBL) recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of all information provided by users of our website. We created this privacy statement to document our fundamental respect of our users' right to privacy and to guide our relationships with our users. If any person at any time has any questions or concerns about The Ottawa Hospital's privacy practice, the person can contact the Privacy Officer at 613-739-6668 or at The Ottawa Hospital's Privacy Policy is also available at 

Information Collection and Use 

This website collects usage and demographic statistics (the information that you enter to perform the calculations). Personal identifying information such as your postal code and IP address is not retained, stored or shared by The only information PBL will collect are email addresses from those who wish to be notified of future projects or health calculators. These email addresses will be kept until the user unsubscribes from the PBL newsletter or until this email list is deactivated, at which point this information will be destroyed. No other personal identifying information is collected or stored by PBL.

We do not share or report potentially personally identifiable information with any other organizations or companies. We may share aggregate information, which is not personally identifiable, with others. This information may include usage and demographic aggregate statistics.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information. We do not link the information that you enter on PBL to Google or Google Analytics. We will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information of visitors to our site. Neither PBL nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. 

By using this website, you signify your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your information in accordance with this statement. 


We use reasonable precautions to protect our users' personal information and to store it securely. Access to ALL our users' information is restricted. Only employees who need the information for quality assurance purposes are granted password-secured access. 

Notification of Changes 

If we change our privacy statement, we will post those changes on this page so our users are aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under which circumstances, if any, we disclose it. Users should check our privacy statement frequently to keep abreast of any changes. 

Last modified:  2018 July 23


Information provided on this web site is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use information from this website to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare provider. We advise you to always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Never disregard professional medical advice, or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.

While there is evidence that altering lifestyle factors can change an individual’s health risk (e.g., death or cardiovascular disease risk), some changes may work quickly to lower risk, while others may take longer to achieve some benefit. The science is not definitive on the timing of the maximum benefit.

Accuracy of Risk Assessment
The risk scoring systems were developed in men and women who were free of the respective health outcome (e.g., free of cardiovascular disease for the cardiovascular disease risk algorithm) at baseline. Most algorithms are calibrated to either the Ontario or Canadian population. The calculations may not reflect risk for people from different populations. For example, the life expectancy for people from the United States is lower than Canadian life expectancy. This means that life expectancy estimates from this website may be too high for the average user from the United States. Please see a discussion in our science section and FAQs for more discussion.

Last modified:  2018 July 23