signpost icon$300 to learn risk of prostate cancer

Authors: New York Times

Bottom Line:

A story in the New York Times reported on common and minor variations in five regions of DNA which can predict a man's risk of getting prostate cancer.

Publication details:

This web page summarises a report in the New York Times about a new genetic test which may give men advance knowledge about their risk factors in potentially developing prostate cancer in the future.

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:

  • The page has been checked by an expert.
  • This page cites relevant sources
  • The website has clear objectives, and has been developed transparently by the host organization.
  • There is a rigorous star rated system for information provided on the web pages.

Usability comments:

  • The format used is clear for the intended audience.
  • Information on this site is USA centric.
  • Most pages are accessible without a login.
  • The page has a few minor accessibility problems.

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
The website has clear objectives, and has been developed transparently by the host organization.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
There is a rigorous star rated system for information provided on the web pages. Information is appraised by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
Is the page updated regularly? 2
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 1
There are no links to provide context or background.
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 2
Most pages are accessible without a login, you can register for free to use further resources.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 0
The page has a few minor accessibility problems. Image widths are not available which may cause layout problems on low spec PCs. There are no table summaries to tell visually impaired users what is contained in a table. Lida score 50%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 3
The site design is clear and transparent.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 3
The site design is consistent throughout.
Can users find what they need on the site? 3
Information can be found by clicking on links or using the search option. There are useful descriptions of medical and research terminology
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 3
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 38
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated

Sep 08

Source

Health News Review

Currency

Good

Audience

Patients, public, health professionals

Publication Type

Summary

Format

Webpage

Reliability

4.5 stars

Usability

4.5 stars

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