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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]