signpost iconPCaSO Prostate Cancer Network

Bottom Line:

PCaSO provide free and confidential advice for people affected by prostate cancer.

Publication details:

A helpline and support group for people affected by prostate cancer

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:

  • Cannot tell if the page content has been checked by an expert.
  • The page was last updated on 28 October 2010
  • The page cites some relevant sources.
  • It is fairly clear who has developed this web site
  • There is no description of how information is put together

Usability comments:

  • Design is cluttered.
  • The website does not conform to web accessibility standards
  • Larger font required
  • Colour scheme is poor

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
There are sections about PCaSO and their objectives.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 0
There is no description of how information is put together.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 1
Cannot tell if the page content has been checked by an expert.
Is the page updated regularly? 3
The page was last updated on 28 October 2010
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 2
The page cites some relevant sources.
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 2
Lida score 81%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
The homepage is simply laid out. The side menu could appear in bigger font and the use of graphics might look well on the homepage. The menu headings are good. The information that appears under the Library section could be re-organised - with the PDF leaflets appearing first.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 3
Yes, site design is consistent.
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
The main menu headings are good, but users might miss the PDF leaflets because they appear so far down on the library page. There isn't a search box, but perhaps this is unnecessary as the site does not contain lots of content.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
The design is rather cluttered and noisy. It's hard to pick out what you need on the home page.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 32
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

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network

Currency

Good

Audience

Patients

Publication Type

Summary

Format

Web page

Reliability

3 stars

Usability

4.5 stars

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