signpost iconErectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

Authors: Based on a text by Dr David Delvin, GP and Christine Webber, psychotherapist. Reviewed by Dr John Dean.

Bottom Line:

The page describes physical and psychological causes of erectile dysfunction.

Publication details:

This is an article describing the physical and psychological causes of erectile dysfunction. Contains mostly text with internal links to other articles.

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Reliability comments:

  • Page has not been updated since July 2004
  • Page identifies author but does not provide full citation
  • Although the Erectile Dysfunction sub-site is sponsored by a manufacturer, the relationship appears to be transparent
  • The quality control process does not report systematic literature searching and review

Usability comments:

  • The web page is pitched at the appropriate level
  • Clear, logical, web page design
  • This site does not conform to accessibility standards and does not work in the Firefox web browser
  • The site contains specialist sub-sections, which are not always clearly signposted. Some of the pages have poor readability

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 1
Although the Erectile Dysfunction sub-site is sponsored by a manufacturer, the relationship appears to be transparent.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 2
The quality control process does not report systematic literature searching and review.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
Is the page updated regularly? 1
Page has not been updated since 2004.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 1
Page identifies author but does not provide full citation.
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 0
This site does not conform to accessibility standards and does not work in the Firefox web browser. Lida score 56%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 1
The site contains specialist sub-sections, which are not always clearly signposted. Some of the pages have poor readability.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
The sub-sections have different designs but are internally consistent.
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Basic information is good, but more work is required to provide a comprehensive resource.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
The article is pitched at the appropriate level, but is quite lengthy.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 26
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated

Aug 08

Source

NetDoctor

Currency

Adequate

Audience

General Public, Patients

Publication Type

Summary

Format

Web page

Reliability

2.5 stars

Usability

2.5 stars

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