Table 1.

Quality and accessibility of cancer-related clinical trial information for naïve users

Percentage of websites (95% CI)
Characteristic (N = 40)
 Clinical trials mentioned on landing page85 (70–94)
 Definition of clinical trial on website73 (56–85)
 Risks information53 (36–68)
 Benefits information53 (36–68)
 Link to specific clinical trials68 (51–81)
 Definition of phases65 (48–79)
 Health on Net (HON) certified30 (17–47)
 Website date created0 (0–9)
 Website date updated40 (25–57)
 Website sponsor listed100 (91–100)
 References35 (21–52)
Landing page literacy (N = 40)a
 Mean Flesch Reading Ease Score (SD)33.1 (11.6)
 Mean Flesch–Kincaid grade level (SD)11.5 (1.9)
Clicks from landing page to definition of trial (N = 29)
 014
 128
 234
 3–424
  • aRanging from 0 to 100, a Flesch Reading Ease Score of 65 or higher is considered readable for the average adult reader (19). The F-K grade level reflects the grammar or high school grade level.