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Table 2 Examples of the coding strategy

From: Healthcare professionals’ experiences of providing individualized nutritional care for Older People in hospital and home care: a qualitative study

Unit meaningsInitial codesCategoriesSub-themesThemes
‘I have tried to talk to undernourished patients about the importance of eating, and sometimes I understand that it is much more complex than just not eating – it is because they don’t want to live anymore and want to let go’ (GHC 8).Meeting undernourished patients in difficult situationsThe patients situationsIt is much more complex than just not eatingMeeting patients with complex nutritional problems
‘I see that when the patients get medication for nausea, we get much further with the nutritional care treatment’ (HC 6).Treating underlying symptoms helpsOther factors that affect nutritionSeeing nutrition as a part of the wholeMeeting patients with complex nutritional problems
‘We don’t always have the time to ask what the patient wants. We just serve something and are too busy to check whether the food gets eaten’ (GHC 9).Lack of time to involve patientsTime constraintsLack of time to individualize careThe structure of the nutritional care
‘There is no cooperation. I don’t even know who the dietician employed by the municipality is’ (HC 1).No available dietitianLack of interdisciplinary supportLack of interdisciplinary collaboration in nutritional careThe structure of the nutritional care
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