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Table 1 Results of statistical analysis of actual and appropriate wait times for various thyroid pathologies in Canada

From: Expectantly waiting: a survey of thyroid surgery wait times among Canadian Otolaryngologists

Clinical scenario Median wait times   
  Actual Appropriate Mean paired differences p-value††
Time to see new consults with:     
Undiagnosed nodule >1 cm 4-8 weeks 4-8 weeks 0.57 0.0351
Positive/suspicious FNA 2-4 weeks 2-4 weeks 0.25 0.0351
Time to OR if FNA shows:     
Papillary Carcinoma 6-8 weeks 4-6 weeks 0.61 0.0002
Follicular neoplasm 8-12 weeks 8-12 weeks 0.57 0.0002
AUS* 8-12 weeks 6-8 weeks 0.51 0.0013
Indeterminate/Non-diagnostic 3-6 months 2-3 months 0.52 0.0002
Medullary carcinoma 2-4 weeks 2-4 weeks 0.34 0.0198
Benign symptomatic disease 3-6 months 3-6 months 0.61 0.0001
Time to completion thyroidectomy if initial hemi shows:     
Papillary or Follicular Ca 6-8 weeks 4-6 weeks 0.52 0.0041
Medullary Ca 4-6 weeks 2-4 weeks 0.29 0.0027
  1. As determined by Wilcoxon signed-rank test;††α=0.005, significant results in bold; *Atypical cells of undetermined significance.