Table 1

Content structure of the list of criteria for evaluating consumer information materials on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening (n = 230 criteria*)
Domain (n criteria) Category (n criteria) Subtopic (n criteria) Dimensions to rate
Specific A. Content issues (130) Information on CRC and CRC screening (32) CRC screening (12) Reported: yes / no
Aetiology and epidemiology of colorectal cancer (German data) (20) Correct: yes / no / unclear
Presentation format: text / number / chart / Table / figure
Evidence level reported: yes / no / lack of evidence indicated
Inclusion of quotes / notes
Information on screening colonoscopy (66) Colonoscopy preparation (7) Reported: yes / no
Colonoscopy sedation (4) Correct: yes / no / unclear
Procedure (13) Presentation format: text / number / chart / Table / figure
Test characteristics (7)
Conduct in response to test results (3) Evidence level reported: yes / no / lack of evidence indicated
Benefit (disease-specific incidence and total mortality) (9)
Inclusion of quotes / notes
Risks and adverse effects including overdiagnosis (23)
Information on FOBT (32) Procedure (9) Reported: yes / no
Test characteristics (8) Correct: yes / no / unclear
Conduct in response to test results (3) Presentation format: text / number / chart / Table / figure
Benefit (disease-specific incidence and total mortality) (9)
Evidence level reported: yes / no / indication of lack of evidence
Risks and adverse effects including overdiagnosis (3)
Inclusion of quotes / notes
Generic B. Formal issues (33) Formal issues (33) Author and stakeholders involved (14) Reported: yes / no
Editorial independence (6) Inclusion of quotes / notes
Sources and currentness of data (8)
Aim and target group (5)
C. Presentation & understandability (59) Readability / comprehensibility (29) Language (18) Present: yes / mostly yes / mostly no / no / not applicable
Sentences (4)
Content structure (3) Inclusion of quotes / notes
Numerical data (4)
Layout (30) Structure (11) Present: yes / mostly yes / mostly no / no / not applicable
Writing/font (6)
Visual elements (9) Inclusion of quotes / notes
Design (4)
D. Neutrality & balance (7) Neutrality and balance (7) Calls for participation (1) Present: yes / no / unclear
Fear / downplay (4) Inclusion of quotes / notes
Uneven presentation of procedures (2)

The bold subtopics are presented in detail in Tables 25. The criteria of Domain D are listed in the text.

*One comprehensive criterion on the correctness of the information is not shown.

FOBT: fecal occult blood test.

Dreier et al.

Dreier et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:843   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-843

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