Patients’ experiences of diagnosis and management of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma: a qualitative study

Brooke Nickel, Juan Brito, Ray Moynihan, Alexandra Barratt, Susan Jordan & Kirsten McCaffery
Abstract Background In recent years management practices in relation to low-risk papillary microcarcinoma (PMC) have been evolving with increased awareness of the potential overdiagnosis and overtreatment of PMCs, and guidelines recommendations for non-surgical management options such as active surveillance. This study aimed to develop an in-depth understanding of patients’ experiences of the communication of their PMC diagnosis, their treatment preferences and decision making. Methods Semi-structured qualitative interviews with 25 patients diagnosed pre-operatively with PMC
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