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Table 2 Themes and subthemes

From: Medication adherence in HIV-positive patients with diabetes or hypertension: a focus group study

Theme Number of groups
Theme 1: Comorbidities generate concern and frustration 5
Theme 2: Understanding of health conditions and medications promotes adherence 6
Subthemes:  
   Understanding the effects of missed doses of medication (6) 6
   Linking disease manifestations and/or symptoms to not taking medication 6
Theme 3: Simpler regimens with fewer side effects promote adherence 4
Theme 4: Untreated substance abuse and mental health issues hinder adherence 6
Subthemes:  
   Substance abuse leads to difficulty engaging with and staying in care 5
   Depression contributes to non-adherence to medications and lifestyle recommendations 5