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Table 1 Phases of thematic analysis

From: Health care professionals’ experience, understanding and perception of need of advanced cancer patients with cachexia and their families: The benefits of a dedicated clinic

Phase Description of process
1 Familiarise self with data Transcribe data, read and re-read noting and discussing initial ideas
2 Generate initial codes Code interesting features of data in systematic way and collate data relevant to each code.
3 Search for themes Collate codes into potential themes, gather all data relevant to each theme.
4 Review themes Check to ensure codes reflect content of dataset, generate thematic maps of dataset
5 Define and name themes Refine specific content of each theme, generate clear definitions and name themes
6 Produce report Select extract examples reflecting the content of the analysis and which answer the research question.