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Table 2 An overview of the categories and subcategories

From: “Being in good hands”: next of kin’s perceptions of continuity of care in patients with heart failure

Want to be involved without being in chargeHaving access to healthcare
Assigning responsibility to healthcare providers
Being reinforced by regular follow-ups
Expects that care is coherent
A desire to be in control without acting as the driving force in the care situationStaying up-to date
Acting as the patient’s advocate
A need for sustainability without being overlookedWell-functioning contacts over time
Being in good hands
Focusing on making life meaningful while being preoccupied with caregiving activitiesBalancing existential concerns and caregiving activities
Staying engaged in life, despite caregiving activities