CONSUMER HEALTH WEB SITE EVALUATION CHECKLIST, PG. 2
QUESTION CONTENT, continued INFORMATION STATUS:
Is the copyright or proprietary status of the information clearly stated?
Are restrictions on use (intellectual property issues) clearly stated?
Y/N Y/N 10
HOW TO SCORE
Y = +3 pts. N = -3 pts. Y = +1 pts. N = -1 pts.
Information on the health condition or treatment includes which of the following informational components (select as many as apply):
Condition or treatment name(s) (if drug, includes generic name).
Condition description or treatment protocol
Definitions of terms and/or relevant anatomical landmarks.
Criteria for diagnosis of condition or criteria for appropriate prescription of treatment.
Alternative treatments, or other diagnoses possible.
Guides to additional consumer health level information.
Guides to professional level clinical, scientific, or technical information on condition or treatment.
Contacts for questions, support groups, or more information.
Reasonable estimates of costs to patient of condition (untreated) or the recommended treatment.
Accurate benefits/risks to patient of treatment or diagnosis.
Typical prognoses of condition, associated risks; treatment risks.
Inaccurate or misleading descriptions, recommendations.
Testimonials or case reports of relevant persons.
Testimonials or case reports of irrelevant persons.
A/B/C/ D/E/F/ G/H/I/ J/K/L/ M/N
A = +1 pts. B = +2 pts. C = +4 pts. D = +4 pts. E = +1 pts. F = +2 pts. G = +1 pts. H = +3 pts. I = +1 pts. J = +1 pts. K = +3 pts. L = -4 pts. M = +1 pts. N = -3 pts.
Are any sources cited or credited for the information presented?
Does a bibliography indicate that information has been published on the condition or treatment? [Only answer yes if full citations given (meaning enough information for you to find the article or source).]
If publications or sources are referenced, was information (pick one):
In the popular press only?
In the peer-reviewed clinical literature only?
Neither or can't tell?
Does not apply — no sources cited.
Does information presented as factual appear to be accurate to the best of your knowledge?
Does it appear that a sincere effort was made to present fair, unbiased information?
Can you identify errors or significant omissions in the content?
Do errors or omissions account for a significant percentage of the total information provided?
Are opinions or misleading/biased information presented as fact?
Is a conflict of interest possible or clearly present?
Y/N Y/N Y/N Y/N Y/N Y/N 16 17 18 19 20
Y = +3 pts. N = -3 pts. Y = +2 pts. N = -2 pts. A = +1 pts. B = +1 pts. C = +2 pts. D = -2 pts. E = -1 pts. Y = +1 pts. N = -3 pts. Y = +1 pts. N = -3 pts. Y = -2 pts. N = +1 pts. Y = -2 pts. N = +1 pts. Y = -3 pts. N = 0 pts. Y = -2 pts. N = +2 pts.
Total Number of Points For This Page (of 41 possible):
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