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Table 2 Saturation grid of themes and subthemes represented in qualitative interviews and focus groups

From: Patient experience after kidney transplant: a conceptual framework of treatment burden

Themes and subthemes Frequency of endorsement (%)
Qualitative interviews
(n = 27)
Focus group 1
(n = 7)
Focus group 2 (n = 9)
Theme 1: work patients must do to care for their health
--Learn about conditions and care 59 100 100
--Taking medications 82 100 100
--Medical appointments 100 100 100
--Monitoring health 52 100 100
--Health behaviors 89 100 100
--Medical equipment/devices 26 100 100
Theme 2: challenges/stressors that exacerbate felt burden   100 100
--Challenges with taking medication 100 100 100
--Interpersonal challenges 30 100 100
--Financial challenges 85 100 100
--Confusion about medical information 59 100 100
--Barriers to self-care 41 100 100
--Health care provider obstacles (individual provider) 41 100 100
--Health care provider obstacles (system issues) 67 100 100
--Transplant-specific challenges 100 100 100
Theme 3: impacts of burden   100 100
--Role/social activity limitations 89 100 100
--Physical/mental exhaustion of self-care 52 100 100