The Effect of Surgeon Emotional Support on Treatment Choice for Low-risk Thyroid Cancer

  • End date
    Nov 22, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
Updated on 4 October 2022


118 adults with benign thyroid nodules who were seen at a UW Health clinic for a fine needle biopsy and do not need surgery will be enrolled and can expect to be on study for a one-time visit of up to 60 minutes. Each participant will be randomized to watch one of two videos simulating a patient-surgeon discussion about treatment options for low-risk thyroid cancer with or without emotionally supportive statements.


In this study, the investigators will test the extent to which emotionally supportive communication from a surgeon is associated with patient preference for total thyroidectomy. The investigators will conduct a hypothetical choice experiment with "analogue" patients, defined as those with a benign thyroid nodule not requiring surgery.

Baseline measures will be collected, then participants will be randomized to watch a video simulation of a patient-surgeon discussion about treatment options for low-risk thyroid cancer with or without emotionally supportive statements.

The investigators hypothesize that increased emotionally supportive communication by the surgeon will decrease the likelihood of patients choosing total thyroidectomy, reduce anxiety and thyroid cancer fear, and increase decisional confidence, perceived physician empathy, trust in physician, and information recall.

Condition Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Nodule, Benign Thyroid Nodule
Treatment Emotionally Supportive Video, Standard Video
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05132478
SponsorUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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