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Table 1 The Modified Education in Otolaryngology Website (MEOW) assessment tool

From: Identifying high quality medical education websites in Otolaryngology: a guide for medical students and residents

Category Criteria Weight Score
1. Authorship, Credibility & Disclosure 1.1 Disclosure of authorship? If yes (pick one) No = 0  
A. Authors’ name(s), credentials and contact information A = 3
B. Authors’ name(s) with credentials B = 2
C. Authors’ name(s) C = 1
1.2 If author’s credentials are given, author is (if multiple authors, the majority are)  
A. Otolaryngologist A = 2
B. Other healthcare professional/scientist B = 1
C. Other C = 0
1.3 Disclosure of institution? If yes (pick one)  
A. Educational, non-profit or government domain A = 3
B. Other B = 0
1.4 Is there an editorial review process? Yes = 3
No = 0
1.5 Is the email of the webmaster provided for feedback? Yes = 2
No = 0
1.6 Are references provided? Yes = 2
No = 0
2. Frequency of Revision 2.1 When was the website (including references) last updated?   
A. <1 year A = 2
B. ≥1 year but <5 years B = 1
C. Other C = 0
3. Content Quality 3.1 Breadth. Does the information provided cover aspects pertinent to the field of interest?   
A = Adequate A = 6
B = Somewhat adequate B = 3
C = Inadequate C = 0
3.2 Depth. Is the information provided adequately detailed for the intended audience?  
A = Adequate A = 6
B = Somewhat adequate B = 3
C = Inadequate C = 0
3.3 Accuracy. Is the information accurate?  
A = Accurate A = 6
B = Somewhat accurate B = 3
C = Inaccurate C = 0
3.4 Does the website have summary statements/take-home points? Yes = 2
No = 0
4. Interactivity 4.1 Are there any interfaces requiring relevant action on the part of the learner (e.g., quizzes, self assessments, interactive figures)?   
A. Definitely A = 6
B. Somewhat B = 3
C. No/Does not apply C = 0
5. Graphic Elements & Media 5.1 Are graphic/media elements included to provide additional information or to clarify existing content?   
A. Present and pertinent A = 2
B. Present B = 1
C. Other C = 0
5.2 Are graphic/media elements well integrated in the website? Yes = 1
No = 0
6. Layout & Design 6.1 Clear/professional display of available information? Yes = 1
No = 0
 
6.2 Is the website user-friendly, having a logical layout and intuitive? Yes = 2
No = 0
7. Navigability & Speed 7.1 Does the website contain a search engine or table content? Yes = 2
No = 0
 
7.2 Was the website or server accessible in a timely manner? Yes = 2
No = 0
8. Hyperlinks 8.1 Are there any links to provide relevant additional information? Yes = 2
No = 0
 
8.2 If links are provided, are they active (≥90% of total links)? Yes = 1
No = 0