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Table 3 Examples of coding strategy

From: Older patients’ and their family caregivers’ perceptions of food, meals and nutritional care in the transition between hospital and home care: a qualitative study

QuotationInitial codeSub-themeOverarching theme
‘It is dreadfully boring to eat alone. It really is!’ (P3)Lonesome mealsPsychosocial needs related to food and mealsThe need for a comprehensive approach to nutritional care
‘P: Frequently I don’t eat on Saturdays because I’m not fond of porridge. I: Is there no other alternatives? P: No, (on Saturdays) we only get porridge’. (P14)Being served food she dislikesLack of consideration for individual needsNon-individualised nutritional care at home
‘I’ve been sitting here waiting for them to turn up three evenings in a row, and now I am fed up’. (P2)Tired of having to wait for home care to turn upRespect my time! 
‘A: She was standing there with her back towards me preparing the food. I asked her something and she didn’t reply. I am used to people responding, so I repeated the question. Then, she said, “I heard you the first time”. I then replied, would you please just give me a response’. (P13)Not being heardWhat about my opinion?Lack of mutual comprehension and shared decision making
‘I: Can you remember the conversation with the nutritionists? P: No I can’t remember much, I wasn’t able to pay attention because I wasn’t feeling well’. (P9)Getting a consultation when feeling too poor to pay attention.It was so complicated I just gave up! 
‘I called the home care services to tell them to admit my husband to a rehabilitation institution, because I was exhausted and couldn’t take it anymore. Or else, they would have to admit me as well’. (FC7)Being exhausted from caring for her husbandLack of support to the caregiversThe role of family caregivers