signpost iconProstate cancer reading list

Bottom Line:

A selection of books relevant to prostate cancer which should be available from local libraries or bookshops

Publication details:

A summary for each book is provided. A range of topics relating to prostate cancer are covered by the books:

  • Side effects of prostate cancer treatments
  • Lifestyle tips for men with prostate cancer
  • The facts about prostate cancer
  • Treatment choices
  • Coping with prostate cancer

We assessed this page using an appraisal instrument developed by Minervation specifically for this project. This approach is still in development, so you should regard the assessments as a general guide. Click here to find out more, or to let us know how you think the approach could be improved.

Reliability comments:

  • Links to online information would be useful
  • Website content is checked by relevant experts
  • The information is likely to be reliable, up to date and relevant to user needs.

Usability comments:

  • Books could be organised by subheadings
  • The book summaries are useful
  • The multiple levels navigational tabs are somewhat confusing.
  • The website conforms fully to web accessibility standards

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
There is a short statement on the homepage describing who CancerHelp UK are, and there is a button on the left side menu linking to further information about them.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
The site reports a robust quality control procedure.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 1
Page content has been checked by an expert.
Is the page updated regularly? 3
The page was last updated on 2 November 2010.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 1
Links to online information would be useful
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
Lida score 100%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
The homepage is clear and easy to find your way around. The design is slightly cluttered and it can be hard to pick out key navigational tools such as breadcrumbs.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
Yes, site design is consistent from one page to another, apart from the search results
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Users can quickly access information relating to specific cancers by choosing the correct link on the homepage. There is a search box and results are displayed clearly, albeit using a layout that is different from the rest of the site. It appears that search results are ranked according to relevance. Finding related information across different parts of the site may be difficult for some users.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
Books could be organised by subheadings. The book summaries are useful
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 36
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated

Source

CancerHelp Uk

Currency

Good

Audience

Patients

Publication Type

Reference

Format

Web page

Reliability

4 stars

Usability

4.5 stars

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