signpost iconRadiotherapy for locally-advanced prostate cancer

Authors: Macmillan Cancer Support

Bottom Line:

An overview of radiotherapy for prostate cancer

Publication details:

Discusses: Planning radiotherapy, treatment sessions, conformal radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiotherapy, short-term side effects, possible long-term side effects.

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Reliability comments:

  • No mention that the page has been checked by an expert.
  • The page was last updated in 1 February 2010.
  • Some references cited.
  • The site is certified by The Information Standard and a detailed, evidence-based content development and review policy is spelled out.
  • The content is regularly reviewed.

Usability comments:

  • Format is clear.
  • The search engine has much improved
  • Extensive Help is available.
  • For some reason, the site design does not support the "Visited Link" property, meaning that you can't tell if you've previously visited a page before linking to it.

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
There is a clear description of the editorial policy on the web site. The site content conforms to the Information Standard.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
The page has been checked by an expert.
Is the page updated regularly? 2
The page was last updated in 1 February 2010.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 2
Some references and links to useful websites.
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
Lida score 100%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
Text contrast is poor in some sections.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 3
Can users find what they need on the site? 3
The search has much improved.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 3
The format is clear.
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

Macmillan Cancer Support

Currency

Adequate

Audience

Patients

Publication Type

Summary

Format

Web page

Reliability

5 stars

Usability

5 stars

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