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Protocol No. UW18062

Principal Investigator Pitt, Susan

Phase N/A (Cancer Control)

Age Group Adult

Scope Local

Sponsor Type Externally Peer-Reviewed; Institutional

Title Communication Between Surgeons and Patients with Thyroid Cancer

Objective The purpose of this study is to find out how surgeons and patients talk and make decisions about their treatment. The researchers are interested in two things: 1) how patients express their concerns about their treatment and 2) how surgeons explain the treatment option(s). We hope to learn how to help other patients and their surgeons communicate more clearly about various treatments

Treatment NA

You will be asked to have your preoperative conversation with your surgeon audio tape recorded as well as complete a brief survey that will ask questions about you and your medical history. The audio tape will be transcribed (listened to and written down to create transcripts) by professional transcribers and analyzed by researchers

Key Eligibility
  • patients 18 and older
  • small, low-risk differentiated thyroid cancer (cT1-2, N0, M0) who are referred for surgical consultation to see a participating surgeon.
  • will exclude patients with a history of thyroid cancer or thyroid surgery, who are seeking a second opinion, who do not speak English or are deaf, and who are potentially vulnerable

  • Applicable Disease Sites Thyroid

    Status Open

    Participating Institutions UW Hospital and Clinics