signpost iconProstate cancer - real story: I had prostate cancer

Bottom Line:

This page describes the experiences of one Ghanaian man who had prostate cancer.

Publication details:

He was unaware that a family history of prostate cancer put him at a higher risk than other men.

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 11 December 2009.
  • The page does not cite relevant sources.
  • 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 clear.
  • 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? 0
This information is not provided.
Is the page updated regularly? 2
The page was last updated on 11 December 2009.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 3
The page does not cite relevant sources.
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? 3
The format is clear.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 36
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

Adequate

Audience

Patients, Professionals

Publication Type

Summary

Format

Webpage

Reliability

4 stars

Usability

4.5 stars

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