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CONSUMER HEALTH WEB SITE EVALUATION CHECKLIST, PG. 2

QUESTION CONTENT, continued INFORMATION STATUS:

  • 9.

    Is the copyright or proprietary status of the information clearly stated?

  • 10.

    Are restrictions on use (intellectual property issues) clearly stated?

ANSWER

9

Y/N Y/N 10

HOW TO SCORE

Y = +3 pts. N = -3 pts. Y = +1 pts. N = -1 pts.

INFORMATION VALUE:

  • 11.

    Information on the health condition or treatment includes which of the following informational components (select as many as apply):

    • a.

      Condition or treatment name(s) (if drug, includes generic name).

    • b.

      Condition description or treatment protocol

    • c.

      Definitions of terms and/or relevant anatomical landmarks.

    • d.

      Criteria for diagnosis of condition or criteria for appropriate prescription of treatment.

    • e.

      Alternative treatments, or other diagnoses possible.

    • f.

      Guides to additional consumer health level information.

    • g.

      Guides to professional level clinical, scientific, or technical information on condition or treatment.

    • h.

      Contacts for questions, support groups, or more information.

    • i.

      Reasonable estimates of costs to patient of condition (untreated) or the recommended treatment.

    • j.

      Accurate benefits/risks to patient of treatment or diagnosis.

    • k.

      Typical prognoses of condition, associated risks; treatment risks.

    • l.

      Inaccurate or misleading descriptions, recommendations.

    • m.

      Testimonials or case reports of relevant persons.

    • n.

      Testimonials or case reports of irrelevant persons.

11

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.

INFORMATION QUALITY:

  • 12.

    Are any sources cited or credited for the information presented?

  • 13.

    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).]

  • 14.

    If publications or sources are referenced, was information (pick one):

    • a.

      In the popular press only?

    • b.

      In the peer-reviewed clinical literature only?

    • c.

      Both?

    • d.

      Neither or can't tell?

    • e.

      Does not apply — no sources cited.

  • 15.

    Does information presented as factual appear to be accurate to the best of your knowledge?

  • 16.

    Does it appear that a sincere effort was made to present fair, unbiased information?

  • 17.

    Can you identify errors or significant omissions in the content?

  • 18.

    Do errors or omissions account for a significant percentage of the total information provided?

  • 19.

    Are opinions or misleading/biased information presented as fact?

  • 20.

    Is a conflict of interest possible or clearly present?

12

Y/N

13

Y/N

14

A/B/C/D

15

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):

© 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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