Table 3.

Mean (SD) Website DISCERN item quality ratings by type of site.

DISCERN CriteriaAll sites (n = 16)For-Profit (n = 6)Not-for-profit (n = 7)Government (n = 2)Academic (n = 1)
1. Are the aims clear?3.25 (0.82)2.67 (0.34)3.79 (0.78)2.63 (0.18)4.25
2. Does it achieve its aims?3.57 (0.62)3.46 (0.43)3.77 (0.65)3.13 (1.24)3.75
3. Is it relevant?3.78 (0.57)3.67 (0.38)3.86 (0.70)3.63 (0.88)4.25
4. Is it clear what sources of information were used to compile the publication (other than the author or producer)?2.59 (1.38)3.13 (1.54)1.93 (1.08)3.50 (1.77)2.25
5. Is it clear when the information used or reported in the publication was produced?2.93 (1.19)3.50 (1.21)2.26 (1.01)3.63 (1.24)2.75
6. Is it balanced and unbiased?3.46 (0.71)3.39 (0.49)3.29 (0.89)3.88 (0.53)4.25
7. Does it provide details of additional sources of support and information?3.80 (0.83)3.88 (0.90)3.79 (0.71)4.38 (0.18)2.25
8. Does it refer to areas of uncertainty?3.52 (0.54)3.46 (0.56)3.43 (0.59)4.00 (0.35)3.50
9. Does it describe how each treatment works?3.52 (0.69)3.50 (0.82)3.43 (0.57)3.63 (1.24)4.00
10. Does it describe the benefits of each treatment?3.59 (0.52)3.50 (0.45)3.54 (0.57)3.88 (0.88)4.00
11. Does it describe the risks of each treatment?3.66 (0.69)3.67 (0.49)3.46 (0.74)3.75 (1.06)4.75
12. Does it describe what would happen if no treatment is used?1.89 (0.71)2.00 (1.11)1.86 (0.48)1.75 (0.00)1.75
13. Does it provide support for shared decision making?2.91 (0.52)2.63 (0.26)2.96 (0.60)3.25 (0.71)3.50
14. Is it clear that there may be more than one possible treatment choice?3.61 (0.61)3.54 (0.49)3.61 (0.54)3.63 (1.59)4.00
15. Does it describe how the treatment choices affect the overall quality of life?3.20 (0.66)3.00 (0.71)3.29 (0.70)3.25 (0.71)3.75
16. Overall score48.92 (6.56)48.33 (6.12)48.00 (6.76)51.25 (11.67)54.25