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Self chec

Self Chec website highlights the importance of being aware of, recognizing, screening for, and reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and 11 types of cancer. Additional information on lifestyle changes to protect against illness enhances the experience. Given the importance of the issues they are addressing the site is recommended, as long as users are aware of the many limitations of the content.

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Review Date: 10/9/2019

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Ease of Use

Self-chec proves to be a complex browsing experience. Three different navigation bars vie for the visitor's attention along with additional tabs. Further, the site's search bar doesn't filter or order results. When entering the term "heart," "prediabetes" is the first result, appearing even before the link for "heart."

Visual Design

The overall visual appearance is poor enough that it may reduce its perceived credibility for younger or more web-savvy visitors. There are a lot of moving parts here, and they don't seem to be integrated very well.

Quality

Once users understand the site's purpose, there is a good deal of helpful information about self-screening practices. Each topic also includes brief explanations of the importance of awareness of these conditions, information about recognizing them, and reducing the risk. Many authoritative organizations are listed as references for some topics, including the Mayo Clinic, CDC, NIH, and more. However, there is no listing of medical articles or access dates of the medical website involved to assure that the site is based on current literature.

Credibility

There are no authors, editors, or medical advisory committee listed that identify who is responsible for the content. It's even difficult to find the names of anyone involved, besides the founder, and the basis of their investment in this topic. The whole site appears to have been updated 9/1/2018, but some of the content is clearly outdated. The site lacks current recommendations about breast cancer screening by healthcare professionals and has outdated recommendations for breast-self-exam and cervical cancer screening for sexually active females less than 21 years old. One guideline quoted about cervical cancer screening is from 2006.

Pros

  1. Uncommon/complex terms are defined briefly with the option to explore in more detail
  2. Information about screening for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and 11 types of cancer, including examination techniques where appropriate
  3. Explanations of the importance of awareness of these conditions, information about recognizing them, and how to reduce the risk
  4. Additional information on lifestyle changes to protect against illness

Cons

  1. Some recommendations are outdated
  2. The site is only referenced by other websites without access dates to help determine the currency of the information
  3. The fact that they are only giving information about type 2 diabetes is unclear
  4. Unfriendly navigation including three separate navigation bars with additional tabs for browsing and an inefficient search bar

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Independently owned and maintained by two private citizens

Accreditations: Digital Health Award winner (Fall 2017), HONcode compliant (July 2018), GuideStar Bronze participant (1999), GreatNonprofits top-rated nonprofit (2017)

Additional Features: Personal stories, personal and professional blogs, Heart Disease Risk Calculator Tool, Diabetes Risk Calculator, videos

Languages: English, Dropdown menu in left upper corner translates the site into 103 different languages

Contact: info@selfchec.org

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