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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


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


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


Fault correction

The need of support and understanding

Professional loyalty/ “Cover up” system

Possibility for learning