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CONSUMER HEALTH WEB SITE EVALUATION CHECKLIST

Final Site Score: Topic / Provider: _________________________ Date Checked: __________ Weak Good Poor Fair Excellent Provider Homepage (URL): _______________________________________ Topic Web Page (URL): __________________________________________

QUESTION

ANSWER

HOW TO SCORE

Pts

CONTENT AUTHORITY:

  • 1.

    Is the publisher or organization name and contact information available on each web page?

  • 2.

    Is there an individual author for any of the information presented?

  • 3.

    If an author, information about the author includes (pick one):

    • a.

      Author's name?

    • b.

      Name with author's credentials?

    • c.

      Name with author's credentials and/or contact information?

    • d.

      Does not apply — no author..

  • 4.

    If author's credentials are given, author is (pick one):

    • a.

      Health care professional in area of expertise writing for clinicians.

    • b.

      Other health care professional writing for clinicians.

    • c.

      Health care professional writing for patients or health consumers.

d. Patient, caregiver, or other non-healthcare expert on topic rela to the specific illness.

  • e.

    Other.

  • f.

    Can't tell.

tive

1

Y/N Y/N 2

3

A/B/C/D

4

A/B/C/ D/E/F

Y = +2 pts

.

N = -2 pts. Y = +2 pts. N = 0 pts.

A or D = 0 pts.

B = +1 pts. C = +2 pts.

A = +4 pts. B = +2 pts. C = +5 pts. D = +1 pts.

E = 0 pts. F = -2 pts. G = 0 pts.

g. Does not apply — no author or no credentials given. CURRENCY:

  • 5.

    Is information presented stable and relatively unchanging? If yes, answer #6; If no, skip to #7.

  • 6.

    Most recent revision date is: (pick one)

    • a.

      Within a day (see "I").

    • b.

      Within the last week.

    • c.

      Within the last month.

    • d.

      Within the last three months.

    • e.

      Within the last half year.

    • f.

      Within the last year.

    • g.

      Longer.

    • h.

      Can't tell.

    • i.

      Date generated by server, does not apply to content.

  • 7.

    Is information on a topic for which frequent updates should be required? If yes, answer question 8; if no, make sure answered #5.

  • 8.

    Most recent revision date is: (pick one)

    • j.

      Within a day.

    • k.

      Within the last week.

    • l.

      Within the last month.

    • m.

      Within the last three months.

    • n.

      Within the last half year.

    • o.

      Within the last year.

    • p.

      Longer.

    • q.

      Can't tell.

    • r.

      Date generated by server, does not apply to content.

5

Y/N

6

A/B/C/ D/E/F/ G/H/I

7

Y/N

8

J/K/L/ M/N/O/ P/Q/R

Y = 0 pts. N = 0 pts.

A = +3 pts. B = +3 pts. C = +3 pts. D = +2 pts. E = +2 pts. F = +2 pts. G = +1 pts. H = 0 pts. I = -3 pts.

Y = 0 pts. N = 0 pts.

J = +4 pts. K = +3 pts. L = +2 pts. M = +2 pts. N = +1 pts.

  • O

    = +1 pts.

P = 0 pts. Q = 0 pts. R = -3 pts.

Total Number of Points For This Page (of 15 possible):

© 2001, P. F. Anderson <pfa@umich.edu>. Based on prior work by P. F. Anderson, S. Grove, N. Allee, S. Hill.

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