The first six criteria relate to important criteria about the methodology:
- Have health professionals and appropriate experts been involved in developing this resource?
- Have users been involved in developing this resource?
- Has the applicant listed the references or sources of information (in entry form or in resource) used in developing the resource?
- Was the resource published in the last two years?
- How the resource is disseminated.
- How the resource is evaluated.
The reviewer will be asked to answer Yes or No to these questions. If they answer Yes, then they will also be asked to rate how well the resource achieves the criteria – whether it is excellent, good or adequate - and a score will be given. Guidance is provided to help them make these decisions.
The questions asked in this part of the second part of the review relate to the resource itself. Almost all of the questions ask for a Yes or No response. The reviewer will be able to leave comments. Where the question may not be applicable to the resource then the reviewer can choose Not applicable. Guidance is available for each question which demonstrates what the question is asking for and may also highlight good practice in that particular area.
When all the questions have been answered a score for the resource will appear and the reviewer is invited to choose a grade (based on the score and their own assessment).
The reviewer will be asked to leave their overall comments for the BMA judging panel. These will be seen by the BMA panel only and will not be read by the applicant. The reviewer's comments will be used by the judging panel to decide whether a resource should be given an award or shortlisted.
The final section allows the reviewer to leave their overall comments for the applicant. We request that they are constructive in any criticism and discuss positive attributes as well as any areas where the resource could be improved. These comments will be given anonymously to applicants if they have requested feedback.
Complete the online appraisal form
Read the list of the categories considered for the Special Awards
Appraisal and evaluation tools and resources
The Patient Information Forum (PiF) is an independent group of organisations united by a common purpose - the development, production, and dissemination of high-quality information for patients, carers, and their families. Representing no particular group, PiF looks to help organisations, and individuals, source and share best practice.
PiF has produced a Guide to Appraising Health Information - a new 2010 resource about assessing the quality of information and the processes used to develop it.
PiF has also produced a Guide to producing information for children and young people - a comprehensive guide about how to produce high quality resources for children.
DISCERN Online is an instrument for health consumers and information providers to assess the quality of written information about treatment choices for a health problem.
RNIB Accessible Web Design gives advice on designing and building your website, with accessibility tips.
W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities.
Informing patients: an assessment of the quality of patient information materials
Coulter A, Entwistle V, Gilbert D
King’s Fund, 1998 (ISBN 1857172140, £16.95)
Producing Patient Information: How to research, develop and produce effective information resources Updated 2nd ed.
King’s Fund, 2005 (ISBN 1857174704 £25)