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Table 3 Coding sub-themes within Factors in Patient Risk

From: Variability in clinicians’ understanding and reported methods of identifying high-risk surgical patients: a qualitative study

Sub-theme Description
Increase in high-risk patients Increasing numbers of high-risk patients presenting for or being offered surgery and the reasons for and implications of this change
Recognising frailty Difficulties in defining and recognising frailty in surgical patients
Risk-benefit balance Balancing the risks of surgical intervention with its potential benefits and the risks of no surgical intervention
Suitability and readiness for surgery The question of whether a patient is suitable for surgery or the procedure, now or at a later date
Avoiding negative outcomes Avoiding adverse outcomes of surgery as well as complaints and legal action resulting from adverse outcomes
Methods in use for identifying high-risk patients How participants report identifying high-risk patients in their clinical practice