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Evid Based Nurs 17:2-3 doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101603
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Qualitative data analysis: a practical example

Table 2

Development of initial themes from descriptive codes

Early descriptive codes/categories Broad initial theme
Wanting dialysis
No benefit from treatments
Not involved in treatment decisions*
Poor understanding of disease management
Confusion about treatments
Not sure about which treatment options to take
Requiring further knowledge
Inadequate communication
The less informed decision
  • *This early description can be tracked through the following tables, essential in demonstrating transparency.

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