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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 3

Development of final themes and overarching concept

Category development Final themes Overarching concepts
Arduous nature of dialysis Informed and autonomous decisions The patients’ decision
Difficulties in getting to hospital
Previous experience of dialysis
Age as a reason not to start dialysis
Uncertainty about treatment options Less informed decisions
Not involved in treatment decisions*
Poor understanding of disease management
Confusion about treatments
  • *This early description can be tracked through the following tables, essential in demonstrating transparency.

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