The College of Family Physicians of Canada and The Public Health Agency of Canada are committed to ensuring that all personal information is treated with respect and safeguarded to ensure privacy. No personal information is saved on this site or shared publicly.

We strive to improve the access, design and functionality of our web site so that users are able to find the information they are seeking easily and quickly. In order to do this, we need to determine what information users access most frequently, and we may do this by tracking IP addresses, browser type, domain name, access times and referring web site addresses. This information is used to improve our site and to ensure that it provides an optimal web experience for users.

Upon opening our site, there is a check to determine which browser is being used (e. g. Internet Explorer, Netscape) so that the proper style sheet for that browser is provided in order to best view our site. We do not link server log information to any other data in a way that would enable us to identify individual visitors. We do not use cookies on this site.


This is a Canadian site intended primarily for health care providers and their patients. The majority of links are made to credible Canadian organizations, which are committed to the prevention and control of chronic diseases. We have avoided direct links to commercial sites.

Information found through the use of this site is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice. Due to unique individual needs and medical history, users should consult their own personal health care provider who will be able to determine the appropriateness of the information for a specific situation and will assist in making any decisions regarding treatment and/or medication.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada will not be liable for any damages, claims, liabilities, costs or obligations arising from the use or misuse of the material contained in this website, whether such obligations arising in contract, negligence, equity or statute law. We do not guarantee or warrant the quality, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, appropriateness or suitability of the information provided.