signpost iconProstate cancer treatment options

Authors: American Academy of Family Physicians

Bottom Line:

An overview of the treatment options for prostate cancer

Publication details:

The following topics are covered:

  • What are some of the treatment options for prostate cancer?
  • What is radical prostatectomy?
  • What are the risks and benefits of radical prostatectomy?
  • What is radiation therapy?
  • What are its risks and benefits?
  • What are the risks and benefits of watchful waiting?
  • What is the purpose of hormone therapy?
  • What happens after prostate cancer treatment?
  • Where can I get more information about prostate cancer?

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Reliability comments:

  • No references cited
  • Website content is checked by relevant experts
  • It is clear who has developed the website
  • An editorial policy for the website is required

Usability comments:

  • Web page is too long
  • Specialist terms explained
  • Use of subheadings appropriate
  • The website does not conform to web accessibility standards
  • The website is a bit cluttered


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
The name of the American Academy of Family Physicians does appear on the homepage but this is very small. There is no link to an About Us section on the homepage either. Once you enter the site, an About Us section is visible in the horizontal tab menu.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 1
It states that all information is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals, but no more detail is given.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 2
The page has been checked by an expert.
Is the page updated regularly? 3
The page was last updated in in January 2011.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 2
No references cited
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 1
Lida score 91%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
There is a lot of information on the homepage, and it would be helpful if the horizontal tab menu that appears throughout the site was visible on the homepage too. Web pages can be quite lengthy and the headings appearing in submenus can be quite lengthy too.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
Site design is mostly consistent except that the main horizontal tab menu does not appear on the homepage.
Can users find what they need on the site? 3
There are different ways for users to browse to the information they need. There is a search box and results are ranked according to relevance. The presentation of search results could be tidier.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
Information is divided under question headings. Explanations are given in parenthesis for complex terms. The text is quite dense and would benefit from some diagrams or graphics.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 35
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

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