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Table 2 Thematic analysis stages

From: General practitioners’ views on managing knee osteoarthritis: a thematic analysis of factors influencing clinical practice guideline implementation in primary care

Stage Description
I. Initial familiarisation with the data – by RN and TE who listened to all audio files and read transcripts as they became available.
II. Inductive coding of the data - RN and TE independently coded the data to identify recurrent patterns, common beliefs, barriers and enablers.
III. Codes were discussed, and consensus reached - discussion between RN and TE, agreement reached on themes by grouping segments of code into broader categories (themes). Microsoft Excel spreadsheets used to help manage the data. In the instance of differing opinions input from JS (qualitative expert) was sought.
IV. Themes refined and anchored to COM-B model framework – RN and TE jointly revised themes into overarching themes with codes within themes, and anchored these to the COM-B components through several iterations.
V. Themes and codes reviewed, revised and agreed upon by all members of the research team and results summarised.