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Table 3 Example of the coding and grouping approaches for analysis

From: “The missing ingredient”: the patient perspective of health related quality of life in bronchiectasis: a qualitative study

Participant information Coding Common theme
“I have like a film forming across my chest” Chest tightness Symptom burden
“Coughing usually starts about twelve O’Clock and it doesn’t have any rhyme or reason” Diurnal variation Symptom variation
“Right, if somebody comes round to your house, you get a visitor who goes ‘I’m not feeling well’ then I just say ‘well go away, just go, stay away from me’.” Social anxiety Quality of life
“how do you define moderate difficulty and a little difficulty” Questionnaire answers Questionnaires