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Table 3 Categories and Exemplars of Patient-nominated Effects of Neutropenia

From: Experiencing neutropenia: Quality of life interviews with adult cancer patients

Major Category Specific Problem Domain Illustrative Exemplars in Patients' Own Words
Physical Complaints  
   Tired, fatigued, exhausted, weak, feeling "drained" If I walk from one room to the next, I'm worn out.
   Reduced sexual activity It has definitely slowed down. I don't have a great deal of interest.
Daily Routine Disruptions  
   Loss of daily routine I have stopped going to church and taking my son to school.
   Difficulties with household activities I have stopped most everything. I am not doing my housework.
Negative Thought and Self Evaluation  
   Worrying about paying for extra care needed If I don't work, I don't get paid. It's getting very scary.
   Feeling useless/helpless, letting people down I feel guilty when I see other people doing work I should be doing.
Negative Emotions  
   Feeling down I feel like giving up. I just wish it would all end.
   Feeling anxious I am scared. I hope I don't have to go through this (neutropenia) the next three times I come here.
Social Relationships  
   Decreased social contacts and activity I can't spend time with other people because I am sick.
   Avoiding crowds I don't go to church because someone might hug me or sneeze near me.
  1. Note: This table contains selected exemplars of the problem domains presented by patients in the five broad categories identified as follows: Physical Complaints, Daily Routine Disruptions, Negative Thought and Self Evaluation, Negative Emotions, and Social Relationships.