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Table 3 Factors facilitating adherence to medications: thematic matrix of categories, subcategories and concepts (n = 40)

From: Perceptions of inhibitors and facilitators for adhering to hypertension treatment among insured patients in rural Nigeria: a qualitative study

Category Sub-category Concepts
1) Healthcare related factors Affordability of quality ‘Hygeia Community Health Care’ Plan Free access to ‘good’ Hygeia community health care “obliges” and encourages compliance with pills [n = 30]*
Free Hygeia community health care is timely blessing from God and conscientious pill use maximizes this blessing [n = 5]
  Appreciation of healthcare provider Impressive professional and social reputation of Doctor stimulates compliance [n = 12]
Approachability of healthcare provider The listening, concerned doctor [n = 29]
Doctor’s willingness to dose pills relevant to circumstances (e.g. fasting period) [n = 10]
  Availability of medication Pills free and always available [n = 30]
2) Patient related factors Perceived dreaded nature of hypertension Hypertension is dangerous and can kill [n = 38]
3) Medication related factors Perceived efficacy of orthodox (western) medicines White man’s pills work better than traditional medicines (herbs) [n = 20]
4) Religion related factors Faith related support Prayer makes pills work well [n = 19]
   Motivation from health counseling at faith meetings/services [n = 6]
5) Social support factors Supportive and concerned family Family members remind patient and monitor pill use [n = 10]
  Peer support Motivation from other ‘positive living’ hypertensive patients [n = 4]
  1. *n refers to the number of respondents whose perceptions contribute to the corresponding concepts.