signpost iconBeing diagnosed with prostate cancer

Bottom Line:

Initial tests for prostate cancer are done by your GP. But the diagnosis can only be confirmed through tests carried out by a hospital specialist.

Publication details:

Guide for patients about the diagnosis of prostate cancer, including the tests used and what the results of grading and staging mean.

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Reliability comments:

  • The content has been checked.
  • The page was last reviewed on 18 December 2008.
  • The next review is due on 18 December 2010.
  • Some references are cited.
  • 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 javascript collapsible subsections are a usability benefit for most users, but might pose accessibility problems for some.
  • You need to open all the subsections before printing the page.
  • 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? 2
The page was last reviewed on 18 December 2008.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 3
Some references are cited.
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? 2
The text is somewhat dense.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 41
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

Adequate

Audience

Patients

Publication Type

Summary

Format

Web page

Reliability

5 stars

Usability

4 stars

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