signpost iconProstate disease

Bottom Line:

These pages provide background information about the prostate and the three main conditions that can affect the prostate.

Publication details:

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 content is provided by NHS Direct.
  • The page was last updated on 29th June 2009.
  • The page cites some relevant sources.
  • It is clear who has developed the website and what their objectives are.
  • The site reports a robust editorial policy that includes critical appraisal of sources.
  • Information is provided by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians.

Usability comments:

  • The format is clear and appropriate for the audience.
  • No login is needed to access the site.
  • The pages are busy and overloaded with information.
  • There are many competing navigational tools and the search engine is error-prone.

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
It is clear who has developed the website and what their objectives are.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
The content has been checked.
Is the page updated regularly? 3
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 3
The page cites some relevant sources.
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No login is needed to access the site.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
The site scores 93% for accessibility.
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
The pages are busy and overloaded with information.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
The site design is not consistent.
Can users find what they need on the site? 1
The site is sometimes difficult to navigate and the search engine is error prone.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 3
The format is clear and appropriate for the audience.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 44
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

NHS Choices

Currency

Good

Audience

Patients, Professionals

Publication Type

Patient information

Format

Webpage

Reliability

5 stars

Usability

4.5 stars

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