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Table 1 Example of codes

From: Games of uncertainty: the participation of older patients with multimorbidity in care planning meetings – a qualitative study

Empirical close codes

Code group

‘Cannot let you know if I faint, it happens so fast’.

Scared by the risks surrounding the symptoms.

Wanted to live at home but did not manage to.

Unsure how long things will continue to go well.

I wish to await the decision about rehabilitation service at home.

My symptoms determine the plans.

Patients’ experience of uncertainty

But you just came here; you may recover quickly.

Your symptoms are common in old age.

‘We can predict that your situation will improve’.

We test if the patient is ready to go home through a few days’ home visit.

We will do anything for you to be safe at home.

Health professionals’ efforts to take control of uncertainty