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Bottom Line:

The page contains information on how PSA tests are used to diagnose prostate cancer.

Publication details:

The page is part of the Questions and Answers section of the CancerHelp UK web site. The page describes how prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests are used to diagnose prostate cancer. It discusses the reliability of PSA tests, and the problems diagnosing the stages of 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:

  • Page content has been checked by an expert.
  • Page links to other relevant information
  • The information is likely to be reliable, up to date and relevant to user needs.

Usability comments:

  • The format of this page is clear
  • The length of the article is appropriate
  • The multiple levels navigational tabs are somewhat confusing.
  • The website conforms fully to web accessibility standards

Scoring

Reliability
Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
There is a short statement on the homepage describing who CancerHelp UK are, and there is a button on the left side menu linking to further information about them.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
The site reports a robust quality control procedure.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 2
Page content has been checked by an expert.
Is the page updated regularly? 3
The page was last updated on 1 November 2010.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 2
No cited references are provided but the page links to appropriate research.
Usability
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
Lida score 100%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
The homepage is clear and easy to find your way around. The design is slightly cluttered and it can be hard to pick out key navigational tools such as breadcrumbs.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
Yes, site design is consistent from one page to another, apart from the search results
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Users can quickly access information relating to specific cancers by choosing the correct link on the homepage. There is a search box and results are displayed clearly, albeit using a layout that is different from the rest of the site. It appears that search results are ranked according to relevance. Finding related information across different parts of the site may be difficult for some users.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 3
The format of this page is clear. The length of the article is appropriate.
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

CancerHelp UK

Currency

Good

Audience

Patients

Publication Type

Summary

Format

Web Page

Reliability

5 stars

Usability

5 stars

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