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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