signpost iconUnderstanding prostate cancer

Bottom Line:

This evidence-based guide looks at the different stages of prostate cancer, and shows how the NHS can provide help, support and treatment. It tells you:

  • What prostate cancer is.
  • The symptoms that might be caused by prostate cancer.
  • The pros and cons of different tests for prostate cancer.
  • How it can be treated, including which treatments are likely to work best at each stage of the disease.

Publication details:

Introductory page for the comprehensive guide for members of the public about prostate cancer symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and support.

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:

  • There is no date of last update on this landing page.
  • The content has been checked.
  • Cannot tell when the page was last updated.
  • 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 format is 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
Cannot tell when the page was last updated.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 3
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)): 43
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

Publication Type

Summary

Format

Web page

Reliability

5 stars

Usability

4 stars

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