Skip to main content

Table 2 Example of text condensation and coding

From: Swedish general practitioners’ attitudes towards treatment guidelines – a qualitative study

Theme GP-related influencing factors
Category Beliefs about adherence to guidelines
Final coding Reported adherence behaviour in everyday practice
Initial coding High adherence if guidelines similar to own experience Lower adherence if more frequent changes to guidelines High adherence when feeling unsure
Condensed meaning unit In the case of migraine drugs, when I did not have enough experience to say that the more expensive drugs were better, I supported my argument with the guidelines. It was decided that the insulin kind would change to another, cheaper one, and soon afterwards it would change back again, but I have learned from previous experience and have not changed anything yet. When I feel unsure I stick to the guidelines.
Meaning unit “… and an area where I’ve benefited from them … (guidelines) … in agreement with the patient or against the patient’s will … is when they want migraine drugs, triptans, more expensive ones … and when I didn’t have enough experience to say that that the more expensive ones were better, I supported my argument with the guidelines then …” “… we were supposed to change from the usual insulin that we had used many years to a cheaper one, and it is a lot of work if you are going to change it for all patients, and then after a couple of months they lowered the price of the first one, so there was no difference any more. But I have some previous experience and have not changed anything yet, but will wait and see what happens.” “You feel sometimes that you should be more informed, but if I feel unsure I stick to the guidelines”.