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Table 1 Example process of analysis

From: Registered nurses experiences of managing depressive symptoms at care centres for older people: a qualitative descriptive study

Meaning units Condensed code Code Sub-theme Theme
Many older persons are ashamed of feeling blue, it is taboo and they don’t want to talk about it. This comes from how it was before; it was different compared to today and some still feel ashamed not feeling ok or going to the counsellor, it is very embarrassing. (RN3) Older persons ashamed, taboo topic, and won’t tell. Feeling ashamed and not being ok with counselling. Difficulties confessing the experience low mood. Not seeking help Challenging to identify
I guide them … I send them on to home care, the physiotherapist, the dietician and so on I try to see the whole person. (RN1) Guiding them, offering the help they might need and aiming to see the whole person Guidance and support. Offering support Described interventions
But I can put forward the question ‘do you feel blue’ and I can ask the question, ‘why are you prescribed sleeping tablets I am not afraid of that as there is nothing strange about that. (RN10) Nothing strange about asking a direct question about low mood and medication Natural as an RN to ask difficult questions Having the courage to ask Prerequisites for identification
I am grateful that I can book longer appointments for my patients as not only can it pick up signals about depressed symptoms but about other stuff too. (RN10) Grateful for being able to book long appointments which means being able to pick up depressed mood Time of essence in picking up low mood Time Contextual influences