signpost iconEffects of the duration of androgen deprivation therapy for localized or locally advanced prostate cancer in patients treated with radiotherapy (Protocol for a Cochrane review)

Authors: Gryn S, Winquist E.

Bottom Line:

This is a systematic review in progress.

Publication details:

The objective of this systematic review is to determine the effect of the duration of hormone therapy on patients with localized or locally advanced prostate cancer treated with primary radiotherapy, with respect to both disease progression and adverse effects.

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Reliability comments:

  • This is a systematic review in progress.
  • Website content is checked by relevant experts.
  • The page links to relevant sources.
  • A clear statement about the website developers is required
  • A robust quality control procedure is reported

Usability comments:

  • The cover sheet for the protocol should appear first.
  • The left hand submenu could be more prominently displayed.
  • The website does not conform to web accessibility standards
  • Poor layout
  • Confusing and over-complicated for users


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 1
Wiley Interscience appears all over the homepage of the Cochrane Library. There is an About Us section but this is hard to locate.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
Is the page content checked by an expert? 2
The page has been checked by an expert.
Is the page updated regularly? 2
The page was published on 17 October 2007.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 3
The page cites relevant sources.
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 0
Lida score 80%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 0
Very cluttered homepage, small font size, too many menu options. Very confusing.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 1
Not very consistent.
Can users find what they need on the site? 1
Just about. There is a browsing option but this is difficult to find and use. The search facility is confusing and it is difficult to view search results.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 1
The left hand submenu could be more prominently displayed. The cover sheet for the protocol should appear first
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 28
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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The Cochrane Library





Publication Type

Systematic review




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