signpost iconPSA test - The facts

Bottom Line:

You should consider the potential consequences of testing before deciding to have a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test.

Publication details:

A downloadable leaflet describing the PSA test and treatment options, including advantages and disadvantages of each. The leaflet also presents the advantages and disadvantages of PSA testing and suggests ways to decide whether to have the test. A brief description of the PSA test, including a reference table of normal values by age. The page also presents the advantages and disadvantages of PSA testing and suggests ways to decide whether to have the test.

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Reliability comments:

  • Cannot tell if the content has been checked.
  • The content was last updated in March 2008.
  • The page does not cite relevant sources.
  • It is fairly clear who has developed this website
  • There is no description about how the information is developed

Usability comments:

  • The format is clear.
  • The website does not conform to web accessibility standards
  • Browsing is complicated, the homepage is cluttered

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
There is a mission statement on the homepage and a Welcome and About the Appeal section.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 0
There is no description about how the information is developed.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 1
Cannot tell if the content has been checked.
Is the page updated regularly? 1
The content was last updated in March 2008.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 1
The page does not cite relevant sources.
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 2
Lida score 76%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 1
The homepage is quite cluttered and the main and submenus are difficult to use. Information is not structured very well and the layout of the webpages is not good.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
There is inconsistency in the way the main menu and submenus are used.
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Browsing is made a bit complicated by the layout of the submenu for cancer topics. There is a search box, search results could be displayed better. The site map is good.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 3
The format is clear.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 25
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated

Oct 08

Source

Orchid Cancer Appeal

Currency

Poor

Audience

Patients

Publication Type

Summary

Format

PDF

Reliability

1.5 stars

Usability

4 stars

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