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Table 2 Examples of third order constructs

From: Meta-ethnography in healthcare research: a guide to using a meta-ethnographic approach for literature synthesis

Third order constructs:
Patient studies (views on disclosure process)
Third order constructs:
Healthcare professional studies (views on disclosure process)
Third order constructs: Healthcare professional studies (barriers to disclosure)
Need for information Sometimes economical with the truth Difficulty of disclosure in a blame culture
Importance of sincere regret Owning up without saying ‘I’m sorry’ Avoidance of litigation
Promise of improvement To tell or to not tell?
-When anxiety may cause unnecessary anxiety
-Outcome determines disclosure
Disclosure is a learned skill
   Inconsistent guidance
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