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Table 1 Participant characteristics

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

Characteristic No. of patients (n = 25)
Age (years)
 ≤25  26–50  51–75  75+ 1 5 18 1
Gender
 Female  Male 17 8
Highest level of education
 Year 11 or below  High school  Technical or college diploma  Bachelors degree or above 2 2 8 13
Recruitment Avenue
 Queensland Thyroid Cancer Study (QTCS)  Chris O’Brien Lifehouse patient rooms  Royal North Shore Hospital endocrine surgical database 18 2 5
Size of nodule (mm)a
 0.0–1.9   2.0–3.9   4.0–5.9   6.0–7.9   8.0- ≤ 10.0  3 3 6 6 5
Mode of detectionb
 Physical exam finding  Imaging finding  Diagnostic work-up for thyroid abnormality  Case finding  Symptomatic nodule 3 14 3 1 4
  1. aPatient reported, two patients were unsure of the exact size of their nodules. All nodules were ≤10 mm
  2. bHow the patient came to be diagnosed with PMC from information discussed during the interview based on Singh Ospina’s definition of mechanism detection [15]