signpost iconProstate Cancer Staging Tables: A predictive model for the UK

Bottom Line:

The user enters pre-operative PSA, Biopsy Gleason Score, Percentage positive cores and this application will generate percentage post-operatice probabilities for prostate cancer stage (pT2, pT3a or pT3b/4/N1).

Publication details:

A decision support tool for health professionals.

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:

  • Some caution should be exercised as there is no date given. The calculations may be based on evidence that has been updated since.
  • The authors are cited on the page.
  • Cannot tell how often the page is updated.
  • Some references are cited.
  • The site does not report a content production procedure.
  • At time of last check, some of the external links do not work.

Usability comments:

  • Although the design is very basic, the layout is clear.
  • The site does not fully conform to accessibility standards.
  • Much of the site is inaccessible without a login and password.

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 0
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
The authors are cited on the page.
Is the page updated regularly? 2
Cannot tell.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 1
Although the authors are cited (and contactable), there is no link to the evidence upon which these calculations are based.
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 2
Much of the site is for members only
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 1
Lida score 69%.
Is the site design clear and transparent? 3
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 3
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
The site has no search facility, but it is not too large so this is a minor problem.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
Although the design is very basic, the layout is clear.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 31
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

British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS)

Currency

Not stated

Audience

Professionals

Publication Type

Application

Format

HTML

Reliability

3 stars

Usability

4 stars

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