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Table 1 Example of the analysis process

From: Patients’ perceptions of the meaning of good care in surgical care: a grounded theory study

Focused codes Initial codes Transcript
Caring attitudes—to be acknowledged Be well cared for Researcher: “We can start with you describing a situation where you thought that this was good or it was made well”
Be listened to Informant: “Well it was that I was really well cared for and listened to about my fears. I really wanted as much as I could have so that I would not be aware of it. They understood me really well and it wasn’t, no matter who I spoke to they were understanding, I was met with understanding, to give me sedatives and stuff. And they continuously asked about how you felt, you were not supposed to be in pain, and the importance of that it is harder for the body to be in pain than to take pain killers, that felt safe I think, you didn’t have to lie there and feel like a wuss, I could just ask for more. It felt really positive.”
Patient participation—be able to affect the care To be able to affect the care
Caring attitudes—to be acknowledged Be met with understanding
Fears are taken seriously
Caring attitudes—to care Be asked about how you felt
Safety Safe not to be in pain
Accessible care Be able to ask for more