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Table 4 Overview of the themes and categories

From: Working with patients suffering from chronic diseases can be a balancing act for health care professionals - a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies

Individualizing the professional approach within the clinical encounter
Engaging with a patient as a personEncountering the chronic conditionFacilitating a shared understanding of the chronic condition
Managing one’s emotions over time
The challenges connected to a long-term relationshipMaintaining professional sympathyBurden of responsibility
Working to maintain professionalism
Striving to achieve the best for the patientCollaborating with other professionalsKeeping up professional self-esteemAdjusting to health organizational structures