Dr. Louise Davies, a Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth College and the Chief of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont, has published an article with colleagues about thyroid cancer patients who have described themselves as being “overdiagnosed”. The article appeared in Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery on March 9, 2017. A podcast interview about the paper is available here.
This qualitative study involved 22 patients who decided to monitor an incidental finding of thyroid cancer rather than to have immediate surgery. In the JAMA podcast, Dr. Davies describes one of the more remarkable findings of the study as being the isolation that patients felt due to their decision to monitor thyroid cancer. ” Medical professionals, friends, and internet discussion groups told them (patients) they were “being stupid,” “were wrong,” or were “crazy” to not intervene”, according to the findings. The article also found that such patients are at risk of disengaging from healthcare.
More information about Dr. Davies’ research can be found at this website: http://www.louisedaviesmd.us/what-is-over-diagnosis.html