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Table 3 Overview of theme, main topic and subtopic

From: The struggle against perceived negligence. A qualitative study of patients’ experiences of adverse events in Norwegian hospitals

Theme The struggle against perceived negligence
Main topic Ignored concerns and signs of complications Lack of responsibility and fault correction Lack of support, loyalty and learning
Sub-topic The feeling of something wrong To speak up Being ignored/ rejected/ not heard Falling out of the system Feeling “life is at stake” Disclosure, explanation, apology Feeling avoided Waiting time Responsibility Fault correction The need of support and understanding Professional loyalty/ “Cover up” system Possibility for learning